The Salvation Army Bundaberg is encouraging the community to get involved in this year’s Red Shield Appeal, with funds raised to support local services and programs in the region.
The Salvos is aiming to raise $5.5 million throughout Queensland and $90,000 in Bundaberg to support those doing it tough.
There are a number of ways people can get involved including through community collection points, online fundraising, or organising a collection at your workplace, school or sporting event.
Major Chris Millard, The Salvation Army Bundaberg, said for those who had ever thought about volunteering, now was the time.
“Grab your friends, your workmates, or make it a family outing or a group activity for your club,” he said.
“Too many Australians are struggling to make ends meet and they need your support now more than ever.”
Major Millard said while all Australians were feeling the pinch of cost-of-living pressures, it was even more extreme for those living below the poverty line.
“The Salvos are seeing more and more people skipping meals, going without prescribed medications, and turning the lights off,” he said.
“We don’t want anybody in Bundaberg to be left alone during these tough times. But we can get through it together, with your support.”
The Red Shield Appeal weekend is set for May 20 and 21, however there are several volunteer opportunities available throughout the month.
“Any time you can give is greatly appreciated, just get in touch with your local Salvos by visiting salvationarmy.org.au,” Major Millard said.
“Bundaberg is known for being a generous and supportive community – and we know this year will be no different.”
Now in its 59th year, the annual Red Shield Appeal funds vital programs, including financial assistance, homelessness, family and domestic violence, and drug and alcohol services.
Each year, through The Salvation Army’s nationwide network of services, the Salvos provide:
• Assistance to one person every 17 seconds
• More than 1.86 million sessions of care to people in need
• Over 1 million bed nights to those in need of accommodation
• More than 1.52 million meals to people who accessed our homelessness services
“The Salvos cannot do what we do without the generosity of Queenslanders.” Major Millard said.
“If you have the means, please consider donating to the Red Shield Appeal or becoming a volunteer.
“Your support will help us to leave no one in need.”
To donate or volunteer for The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal, or if you need support from The Salvos, visit salvationarmy.org.au or call 13 SALVOS.
You can also donate at any Salvos Store.