Salvation Army hopes to see community support Red Shield Appeal

Tessa and Mark Wells at the Young Salvation Army store.
Tessa and Mark Wells at the Young Salvation Army store.

Young Salvation Army are encouraging people in the Young area to get involved in Australia's biggest annual doorknock, the Red Shield Appeal which will commence on May 25 through to May 26.

The appeal has set a target of raising $8 million, which 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 over 50,000 financial counselling sessions, given care to 5,000 people experiencing family violence, and assisted more than 150,000 people with emergency relief.

Statistics show that these numbers will further increase and rapidly, setting an important need for the community to start further support for Salvation Army now more than ever.

And that starts with volunteer. The Salvos need 50,000 volunteers to help raise crucial funds for the Red Shield Appeal, says The Salvation Army's, Lieutenant Michael Hindle.

"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 Lieutenant Hindle.

"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 help those doing it tough."

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 doing it tough. Lieutenant Hindle says the Salvos can only continue to meet the local community's needs with the support of volunteers.

"Through the support given to us, we are able to give back to our community," he 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."

To volunteer for this year's Red Shield Appeal, please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvationarmy.org.au. You can donate to the Red Shield Appeal by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), online at salvationarmy.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch.

Young Salvation's Army Mark Wells has also announced new trading hours for Young. The Young Salvation Army Store will now be opened Tuesday to Friday, 9.30 am through to 4.30pm and closed Saturday to Monday.