Call for appeal support

CHARITY: Salvation Army SA Area Officer Major Susan Wallace is calling on locals to lend a hand for the Salvos Red Shield Appeal.
CHARITY: Salvation Army SA Area Officer Major Susan Wallace is calling on locals to lend a hand for the Salvos Red Shield Appeal.

The Salvos are encouraging people to get involved in Australia's biggest annual doorknock, the Red Shield Appeal.

Held over the weekend of 25-26 May, the Appeal has set a target of raising $8 million. The money raised from the Red Shield Appeal will go towards The Salvation Army's vast network of services that help Australians in need.

With the many natural disasters that have struck our shores this year and the growing number of Australians overwhelmed by the continual rise in the cost of living, more Australians are turning to The Salvation Army for vital support.

Over the past 12 months, the Salvos have supported more than 38,000 people experiencing homelessness, 14,000 people overcoming addiction, provided more than 50,000 financial counselling sessions, given care to 5,000 people experiencing family violence, and assisted more than 150,000 people with emergency relief.

The Salvos are hoping to find 50,000 volunteers to help raise crucial funds for the Red Shield Appeal, says The Salvation Army's Mark Foyle.

"The Red Shield Appeal is a fun and simple way that Australians can really make a difference in alleviating the hardship being faced by so many people, right across our nation," says Mark.

"Hardship does not discriminate. More Australians from all walks of life are turning to The Salvation Army for help and we need the public's support now to ensure we can continue to assist those who need it most."

The Salvation Army has a long history of coming alongside Australians in need. For more than 135 years, the Salvos in Australia have been committed to helping those who are doing it tough.

Mark Foyle says "We cannot do this alone. We all have the opportunity to be beacons of hope for others and by partnering with the Salvos for just a few hours over the Red Shield Appeal weekend, you can give hope where it's needed most."

The Salvation Army have a local centre based in Whyalla on Viscount Slim Avenue and are looking for any locals who are keen to help out with the appeal.

To volunteer for this year's Red Shield Appeal, please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvationarmy.org.au