Change of date for Salvos appeal

VOLUNTEERS are urged to support the Salvation Army for the Whitsunday Red Shield Appeal Doorknock on Sunday June 6.

The National Red Shield Appeal Doorknock is being held on the weekend of May 29 and 30, but due to the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach not being available on that weekend, it has been pushed back a week in the Whitsundays.

Each year the Rotary Club supports the Salvation Army in what is one of Australia's most loved and biggest charities.

Rotary member and Red Shield Coordinator for the Whitsundays John Ryan has been involved in the doorknock appeal for more than 25 years.

“I enjoy helping the Salvation Army even though I'm not a member,” he said.

“Volunteers are urgently required to assist in the doorknock this year.

“We are encouraging mums and dads with their kids to work as a team this year.”

Staff at the Westpac Bank in Cannonvale will kindly donate their time to assist in the appeal on June 6.

Volunteers are encouraged to meet at Westpac Bank between 8.30am and 10.30am for the doorknock.

The Salvation Army needs to reach a national doorknock goal of $9.7 million to maintain services in the year ahead.

The national target for the overall Red Shield Appeal, which includes a business appeal and direct mail campaign, is $75 million.

Salvation Army Appeals Director, Major Jeff Winterburn said that although things seem to have improved economically, many Australians – in the cities and in the bush – were still doing it tough, and turning to the Salvation Army for help.

“We need to reach our appeal goals if we are able to maintain our vital social programs in the year ahead, including providing crisis accommodation, support for families in need, employment services, addiction recovery support, emergency services, rural chaplaincy, aged care and telephone counselling,” he said.

To volunteer simply call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) for the cost of a local call or visit salvos.org.au


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