Giv­ing hope this May

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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

Held over the weekend of May 25-26, 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.

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, and given care to 5000 peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing family vi­o­lence, and as­sisted more than 150,000 peo­ple with emer­gency relief.

“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,” Ma­jor Greg Saun­ders said.

“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, phone 13 72 58 or regis­ter at sal­va­tion army.org.au.

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