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PLC rallies for the salvos

A student-led initiative at Pacific Lutheran College is helping The Salvation Army continue its good work in the region.

Each May, Pacific Lutheran College (PLC) in Meridan Plains supports the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, and 2022 will be no different with students from Prep to Year 12 supporting the cause.

Aiming to better the collection each year, students use the service-earning opportunity to donate non-perishable food items and household goods.

This year the PLC community has been busy collecting 3782 items, which is more than double last year, and raising $2200 dollars for the Red Shield Appeal, which has been handed to the Caloundra Salvation Army branch.

PLC principal Bronwyn Dolling says this is the school’s 19th year supporting the Red Shield Appeal.

“Many people rely heavily on the work that the Salvation Army do to help provide them with basic essentials that we often take for granted,” she says. “There can be a range of circumstances that impact on local families.

“As a community we can help make a difference to the lives of people in the local community. Through simple actions we can provide hope.”

College chaplain Mark Hauser says the students put in a phenomenal effort throughout the fundraising campaign.

“It’s a heart-warming experience watching the college community unite to support those in our wider community,” he says.

“This year, like previous years, the fundraising is predominantly student-driven, which greatly benefits their growth and development.”

The Salvation Army will use the donations to distribute to people in need in the Caloundra area.

What is the Red Shield Appeal?

Beginning in 1965, The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army’s signature fundraising drive that helps fund the charity’s vast network of social and community services. The funds raised from this campaign offer holistic support to people facing homelessness, family and domestic violence, addiction, financial hardship, disaster and emergency situations. On average, The Salvation Army helps a person through this network of services and programs in Australia every 17 seconds. The appeal runs during April, May and June and includes the popular door-knock appeal.

Fast Facts

  • The Salvation Army helps three people every minute.
  • In the 2020-21 financial year, The Salvos helped more than 5800 women and children experiencing family and domestic violence.
  • In 2021, 887,500 crisis beds were provided.
  • More than 34,600 people are supported in recovering from alcohol and other drugs, or gambling addictions.
  • Financial counselling supports more than 12,900 people.
  • Youth programs help 4900 young people.
  • More than 68,700 job seekers find employment.
  • 900 people find longer-term housing.

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