Sal­va­tion Army needs vol­un­teers

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Education Week -

The Sal­va­tion Army has en­cour­aged Wim­mera peo­ple to sup­port Aus­tralia’s big­gest an­nual door­knock­ing cam­paign, the Red Shield Ap­peal, by vol­un­teer­ing their time or do­nat­ing.

The ap­peal will be on the week­end of May 25 and 26, and or­gan­is­ers have set a do­na­tion tar­get of $8-mil­lion na­tion­ally.

All money raised by the Red Shield Ap­peal goes to­wards the Sal­va­tion Army’s char­i­ta­ble ef­forts, in­clud­ing help­ing Aus­tralians af­fected by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and the ris­ing cost of liv­ing.

Ararat Sal­va­tion Army cap­tain Greg Turn­bull said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had helped more than 38,000 peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness dur­ing the past 12 months.

In the same pe­riod the Sal­va­tion Army also helped 14,000 peo­ple strug­gling with ad­dic­tion, pro­vided more than 50,000 fi­nan­cial coun­selling ses­sions, cared for 5000 peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence, and as­sisted more than 150,000 peo­ple with emer­gency relief.

Mr Turn­bull said more vol­un­teers were needed to help the Sal­va­tion Army pro­vide its ser­vices. Ararat cap­tain Lynne Turn­bull said the Red Shield Ap­peal was a fun and sim­ple way Aus­tralians could re­ally make a dif­fer­ence in al­le­vi­at­ing the hard­ship be­ing faced by so many peo­ple, right across the na­tion.

“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 help those do­ing it tough,” she said.

“The Salvos can only con­tinue to meet the needs of peo­ple in the Wim­mera with the sup­port of vol­un­teers.”

Peo­ple can vol­un­teer for or do­nate to this year’s Red Shield Ap­peal by calling 13 72 58 or reg­is­ter on­line at sal­va­tion­army.org.au.

Peo­ple in Stawell and Ararat can call Greg Turn­bull 0459 400 256 and peo­ple in Hor­sham can call their lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army branch on 5382 1770 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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