Red Shield Doorknock 2017

This weekend, over 60,000 volunteers are aiming to raise $8 million in Australia’s biggest Doorknock – The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.

 

The Salvation Army’s Communication’s and Fundraising Director, Leigh Cleave, says in order for the Salvos to meet the growing demand on its services, the community’s support is now needed more than ever.

 

“If you get a knock on the door, we ask you please give you generously. Otherwise keep a look out for a Salvo at your local shops and donate there. By supporting the Salvos you are enabling us to help hundreds of thousands of Aussies who rely on the Salvos every year," Mrs Cleave said.

 

The Salvation Army has an extensive network of social services to help those in need. These services include emergency housing for people in crisis, financial counselling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, as well as a host of social programs.

 

“In a typical week, The Salvation Army provides 100,000 meals for the hungry, 2,000 beds for the homeless, distributes up to 8,000 food vouchers and provides refuge for 500 victims of abuse. Our services are vast and our impact in the community is immense,” Mrs Cleave said.

 

Mrs Cleave says she is humbled by the on-going support of the Australian community who go above and beyond to support the Red Shield Appeal.

 

“The Salvos are always grateful of the incredible generosity of Australians towards those in need. Whether it’s through donating or giving up part of their weekend to volunteer - their support plays such a crucial role in helping us provide a hand up for the most disadvantaged people in our community,” Mrs Cleave said.

 

The Salvos are also excited to announce the introduction of Donation Tap Points across 550 locations in Australia. This community fundraising initiative, sponsored by Community Sector Banking, is the first of its kind within the not for profit sector in Australia.

 

This service will provide more effective, safer and more meaningful donation opportunities at high traffic public collection points, including shopping centres, sporting events and licensed premises.

 

To donate to The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal, see www.salvos.org.au or by call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).

 

You can also donate in person at any Westpac branch or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.

 

27 May 2017.