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The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal needs the support of Aussies more than ever this year. After more than 55 years of knocking on doors each May, The Salvation Army is taking the Red Shield Appeal digital in response to COVID-19’s impact on social contact.
The Salvos aim to raise $8 million over the Red Shield Appeal Digital Doorknock weekend (May 23 and 24) and more than $35 million by June 30. Australians are facing an economic and social crisis unlike anything witnessed in recent decades, with The Salvation Army preparing to provide hardship support on an unprecedented scale.
The Salvation Army’s Warren Palmer says, “We anticipate seeing some of the greatest need that we have ever seen in our 140-year history serving Australians, particularly when government funding ceases in the coming months. The COVID-19 crisis has financially crippled many Australians and it will take months to see the real impact it will have”.
The money raised from the Red Shield Appeal Digital Doorknock will help fund vital services The Salvation Army provides across Western Australia such as Homelessness, Family & Domestic Violence, Emergency Relief, Addiction and Emergency Services.
Annually, The Salvation Army provides more than 1 Million sessions of care to Australians in need; helps 46,000 people experiencing homelessness, provides financial counselling to more than 65,000 and offers care to 13,000 people who are impacted by family violence.
The Salvation Army also provided more than 500,000 meals and refreshments to those devastated by the recent Australian bushfires and remain on the ground as communities recover and rebuild.
The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal is being supported by 75 high profile Australians, who have thrown their support behind the Appeal by filming a personalised video message. Supporters include TV stars like Hamish Blake and Sonia Kruger, to sporting legends like Layne Beachley and Justin Langer, and many more.
“The Salvos often see the great need within our community. We know there will be a great deal of need to come, but together we can ensure no one goes it alone. To those who can support this year’s Appeal, we thank you very much”, says Warren Palmer.
To leave no one in need, please donate at salvationarmy.org.au or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). To become a digital Doorknocker, go to digitaldoorknock.salvationarmy.org.au and you can start your own fundraiser for our local Salvos in your community.
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