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Salvation Army Officer Killed In China

Salvation Army Officer Killed In China

A New Zealand non-government organisation aid worker was killed in a car accident in China over the weekend.

Major Carolyne Frazer of Christchurch was in China monitoring aid projects funded by the New Zealand Salvation Army and the New Zealand government through its Voluntary Agencies Support Scheme (VASS).

On Friday 27 September 2002 at 10am the mini-bus in which she was travelling failed to take a curve on a national highway. The vehicle plunged 70 metres down a cliff to the river below.

Three passengers - including Major Carolyne Frazer - were killed instantly. The driver died a short time later. The remaining three injured passengers were transferred to a county hospital and then to Liuan People's Hospital where one passenger is still in a serious condition.

In her position as The Salvation Army's overseas development officer, Major Frazer had developed a strong NGO partnership between The Salvation Army and VASS with joint projects in China, Vietnam, Tonga and Tanzania over the past year to a cost of $285,700.

54 year old Major Frazer had worked as a Salvation Army minister with her husband, Major Ian Frazer for 20 years. The couple had a commitment to working with those in developing countries. They had served for 3 years in Fiji and 6 years in Tonga and have two adult sons.

The Salvation Army's national leader, Commissioner Shaw Clifton, said of her death, "Carolyne was so dedicated to her work. She represented God’s love to thousands in practical ways. We thank God for her impressive life and service."

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