The Salvation Army is calling on local Flinders community groups, workplaces and individuals to get involved in its annual Red Shield Appeal to help raise $700,000 in South Australia over the next few weeks.
The money raised from the Red Shield Appeal doorknock will go towards The Salvation Army’s vast network of social services to help those in need.
In a typical week across Australia, the Salvos provide more than 17,000 beds for those suffering homelessness, 40,000 meals for the hungry, more than 1400 financial counselling sessions and refuge for more than 100 women affected by domestic violence.
Salvation Army South Australia PR secretary Mark Foyle, said the Salvos are aiming to mobilise more than 5000 volunteers for The Red Shield Appeal to help meet the growing demand for its services.
“More people from all walks of life are turning to The Salvation Army for assistance. We need the public’s support now more than ever,” Mark said.
Every donation can make a meaningful difference.
“Just $28 helps children at risk of homelessness participate in an after-school program, $60 provides a food hamper so that a struggling family doesn’t have to go hungry, and $79 provides one day of support for a family to find a home.”
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Mark said volunteers play a crucial role in providing a hand up to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our community.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do. They are our largest workforce, which enables the continued success and improvement of our vital social programs,” Mark said.
The Salvation Army has a trusted history in helping Australians in need for more than 135 years but Mark said the Salvos cannot continue to meet this need without the public’s support.
“We cannot do this alone,” Mark said, “We all have the opportunity to be beacons of hope for others and by donating to the Salvos over the Red Shield Appeal weekend, you can give hope where it’s needed most.”
Following last year’s success, The Salvation Army will once again be rolling out its Donation Tap Points across 20 locations in SA.
This community fundraising initiative, sponsored by Community Sector Banking, was the first of its kind within the non-profit sector when it was introduced last year.
The service provides more effective, safer and meaningful donation opportunities. The Salvation Army provides vital support services in Port Augusta and Whyalla to those in our community who are in crisis.
Local Salvos will be collecting across shopping centre locations in Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla and hope to raise $20,000 through the kind support of the local community.