Dig deep to help Salvos
THE Salvation Army is asking Gympie people to dig deep for its annual massive fundraiser – the Red Shield Appeal – highlighting the need for funds is “absolutely critical”.
People across Australia are being asked to lend a hand by giving generously to the 2010 appeal.
The Salvos’ costs never decrease. Over the 2009/10 year alone they need to raise $75 million nationally from the Red Shield Appeal, including $9.7 million over the weekend of the big doorknock (May 29-30) to help maintain the many services they provide.
Hundreds of thousands of Australians in cities and regional areas call on the Salvos for help each year.
Their services include aged care, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, child care and community care, financial counselling, crisis counselling, disaster relief programs, homelessness services, supported housing, court and prison services, family tracing services, domestic violence services, children’s and youth services, hostels for young people, grief counselling, and family welfare services.
Top celebrities have put their names behind this year’s appeal, including TV and radio stars Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, basketball hero Andrew Gaze, cricketers Simon Katich, Brett Lee and Mike Hussey, and TV personalities Ron Wilson, Kellie Connolly, Deborah Knight, Scott Cam and Don Burke.
Other supporters of the 2010 appeal include Neil Murray, Di Morrissey, Mark Mitchell, Stuart Diver, Duncan Armstrong, Suzie Wilks, Iva Davies, Ami Williamson, David Boon and General Peter Cosgrove.
Up to 100,000 volunteers are expected to mobilise around the nation as part of the big doorknock but volunteers are still needed.
“Without doubt there are still many Australians in the cities and the bush who are doing it tough,” Major Peter Sutcliffe, from The Salvation Army, said.
To donate or volunteer call 13 72 58 or visit www.salvos.org.au. You can also donate at any Westpac branch.