Get be­hind Army mile­stones

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Near You -

THE Sal­va­tion Army cel­e­brates its 150th an­niver­sary in 2015, hold­ing the 50th an­nual Aus­tralian Red Shield Ap­peal this week­end.

Sal­va­tion Army spokesman Dar­ren Aitken said the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion hoped to raise $860,000 in WA and $9.5 mil­lion across the na­tion, and was re­liant on the sup­port of the public to carry out its work in the com­mu­nity.

“The Red Shield Ap­peal is the life­line and pulse for the Sal­va­tion Army, which al­lows us to meet a range of com­plex so­cial needs that alone we sim­ply could not con­sider pos­si­ble,” he said.

“The Sal­va­tion Army seeks to pro­vide sup­port to the least, the lost and the last, and our great­est con­cern is for the well­be­ing of our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Mr Aitken said the or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vided more than food and shel­ter to those in need, of­fer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to in­volve them­selves in a com­mu­nity through choirs, early learn­ing cen­tres and connect groups. “Through The Red Shield Ap­peal, we can pro­vide a safe place for women and chil­dren experiencing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, a bed for some­one experiencing home­less­ness, a food voucher or ad­vo­cat­ing for some­one who needs a voice of sup­port.”

The State Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted $60,000 to­wards the Red Shield Ap­peal ear­lier this month.

Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett en­cour­aged the public to do­nate to the ap­peal, which will in­volve hun­dreds of vol­un­teers door­knock­ing on May 30 and 31.

“The Red Shield Ap­peal is an es­sen­tial fundrais­ing cam­paign that al­lows the Sal­va­tion Army to con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to many West Aus­tralians,” he said.

The Sal­va­tion Army as­sists more than 100,000 West Aus­tralians each year through 63 so­cial pro­grams.

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