The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army's signature fundraising drive which helps fund its vast network of social and community services.
Since 1965, “The Salvo’s” have appealed for community donations to ensure it can continue this important work giving hope where it is needed most.
As Chair of the Red Shield Appeal Moonah Corps, I’ve seen first-hand how vulnerable Tasmanians rely on these programs every day. Services range from providing shelter for the homeless, assisting families in crisis through practical support and financial counselling, to guiding people with addictions through to a clean, healthy lifestyle.
But more volunteers are always needed to work alongside inspirational Red Shield Appeal stalwarts like Olive Fall.
Olive has volunteered with the organisation for approximately 70 years and can still be seen every second Thursday at Northgate Shopping Centre in Glenorchy, greeting people with a smile and collecting for this incredibly worthy charity.
The Red Shield Appeal is run over the months of April, May and June each year with the Red Shield Doorknock taking place on the last weekend in May.
I urge Tasmanians to volunteer some time to assist with collections in shopping centres or doorknocking their suburb, or to give generously when “The Salvo’s” come knocking on their door in 2017.
People interested in volunteering in the Glenorchy and Moonah areas can call (03) 6278 1648 or register online www.salvationarmy.org.au/get-involved/Volunteer/Position-search/
Donations can also be made by calling 1300 SALVOS, at any Salvation Army store or online at www.my.salvationarmy.org.au/donation/mark Donations of $2 or more are tax deductable.
And a ‘Red Game’ to raise money will be held on 20 May at KGV, where community partners, the Glenorchy Magpies, will swap their usual black and white socks for red ones to raise money for the Red Shield Appeal. The football game, against Lauderdale, will kick off at 2.00pm and donations can be made on entry to the ground.