Salvos Red Shield Appeal
The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett is calling on Hawkesbury community groups, sporting clubs, workplaces, families and individuals to get involved in the Salvation Army’s annual Red Shield Appeal doorknock to help raise $7.5 million over the weekend of 26-27 May.
“I’m always thankful to the volunteers who help door knock every year for the Red Shield Appeal,” the Mayor said.
"I think there's a real lift in compassion and resolve in our community to do something to make the Hawkesbury a better place for all, particularly those doing it tough.
“The Salvos would not survive without their volunteers,” she said.
“I’m honoured to be appointed Chairperson of the 2018 Red Shield Appeal for Hawkesbury, and I hope that I can encourage as many people as possible to help the Salvos.”
For those unable to volunteer, any contribution people can give will help someone in need.
“Every donation counts, whether big or small,” the Mayor said.
“$28 helps children at risk of homelessness participate in an after-school program, $60 provides a food hamper so that a struggling family doesn’t have to go hungry, and $79 provides one day of support for a family to find a home.”
The Salvation Army has a trusted history in helping Australians in need for over 135 years.
Corps Administrator and Coordinator of Hawkesbury Community of Hope Centre, Salvation Army at Windsor, Kim Taylor says the Salvos can only continue to meet this community need with the public’s support.
“We cannot do this alone,” she said.
“We all have the opportunity to be beacons of hope for others, and the volunteers who give their time to help the Salvos for just a few hours during the Red Shield Appeal can give hope where it’s needed most.”
Ms Taylor is also hoping to see local schools embrace the Red Shield Appeal with mufti day fundraisers.
“If school kids could go to school in red mufti for the Salvos then the funds raised would make a huge difference to our campaign.”
The money raised from the Red Shield Appeal doorknock supports The Salvation Army’s vast network of social services to help those in need. In a typical week, the Salvos provide over 17,000 beds for those suffering homelessness, 40,000 meals for the hungry, over 1,400 financial counselling sessions and refuge for over 100 women affected by domestic violence.
The Salvos are aiming to mobilise 70,000 volunteers for the doorknock to help meet the growing demand on its services.
Salvation Army Hawkesbury City officer Major Paul Morrice said volunteers play a crucial role in providing a hand up to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our community.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do. They are our largest workforce, which enables the continued success and improvement of our vital social programs.
“These programs include emergency housing for people in crisis, drug and alcohol rehabs, financial counselling services, as well as a host of social programs,” Major Morrice said.
Following last year’s success, The Salvation Army will once again roll out its Donation Tap Points across 400 locations in Australia. This community fundraising initiative, sponsored by Community Sector Banking, was the first of its kind within the non-profit sector when it was introduced in Australia last year. The service provides more effective, safer, and more meaningful donation opportunities across the country.
To volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Appeal weekend, please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at www.salvos.org.au
It’s easy to donate online at www.salvos.org.au or you can call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), donate in person at any Westpac branch or Salvos Store or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.
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