The Red Shield Appeal 2022 is aiming to raise $114,000 in Bundaberg this year to help support the range of social and community services provided by the Salvation Army.
All funds raised locally will stay in the region to help ensure no one in the community is left in need.
The Salvos are calling on residents to support the local Red Shield Appeal in any way they can during May, with the annual doorknock weekend held on 28 to 29 May, 2022.
“We’re so grateful to the Bundaberg community, which has always rallied together and supported the Red Shield Appeal,” Major Chris Millard, Bundaberg Corps, The Salvation Army, said.
“This year is no different – we need the help of community members more than ever as we continue to support those who have felt the devastating impacts of the past couple of years.
“From the generous support during last year’s Red Shield Appeal, we were able to fund expansions to local initiatives such as Christmas food and gift hampers, emergency relief services and community pantries as well as establishing new services, such as funding a community engagement worker in Brisbane and a drug alcohol transition caseworker in Cairns.”
Red Shield Appeal 2022 highlights shadow pandemic
After a tough few years, communities are still feeling the impacts of multiple disasters as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result, this year The Salvos are highlighting the ‘shadow pandemic’ that is destroying lives through family and domestic violence.
Sadly, risks of domestic violence have increased in the past 12 months due to economic insecurity.
It’s reported 1 in 4 women in Australia will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and it is the largest cause of women and children becoming homeless in Queensland.
Over the past 12 months, The Salvos supported around 5,800 women and children impacted by family and domestic violence nationally.
Each year, through The Salvation Army’s nationwide network of services around: *
● One person is assisted every 17 seconds
● Three people are supported every minute.
● Approximately 887,500 crisis beds are provided to people experiencing homelessness – including women and children as family and domestic violence is the largest cause of women and children becoming homeless in Australia.
“We cannot do what we do without you. If you have the means, please consider becoming a volunteer or donating to the Red Shield Appeal this year. Your generosity and support will help us to leave no one in need,” Major Millard said.
To donate or volunteer for The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal, or if you need support from The Salvos, visit the website or call 13 SALVOS.
You can also donate at any Salvos Store.
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