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Rattling the bucket to help growing need

The Red Shield Appeal needs our dollars as fellow Sunshine Coast residents seek the help of The Salvos in greater numbers.

The Sunshine Coast community is being encouraged to be involved in a long-running fundraiser that will support the region’s most-vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

The Salvation Army is aiming to raise $38 million across the country for the 60th year of the Red Shield Appeal.

The Salvos’ Simon Gregory says many residents need help, with more coming forward seeking support from the organisation every week. All funds raised locally will remain in the community, allowing the Salvos to meet the specific needs of the most-disadvantaged and marginalised members of the region.

“The Sunshine Coast area needs your support more than ever,” he says.

“We are seeing more people come through our doors every week – new families who have never done it this tough before, and people are feeling the pinch.

“They are skipping meals, unable to afford utility bills or medication for their kids.”

There are many ways that people can get involved in the appeal, including at collection points in shopping centres or other key locations, doorknocking, online fundraising or organising a collection at workplaces, schools and sporting events.

“There is no better way to support your community than through volunteering and we would love to have you as part of our Red Shield Appeal army this year,” Mr Gregory says.

“Grab a mate, some work colleagues or the entire family and join us. We can’t do our work in the community without you.

“The Salvos are grateful for the generosity we have received over the past 60 years of the Red Shield Appeal and we hope to see our community come together again this year as we seek to make it another 60 years.”

The appeal will be held on May 25 and 26, however there are other volunteering opportunities happening through the appeal.

Across Australia last year, the Salvos provided more than 1.67 million sessions of care to more than 250,000 people in need, more than 1.2 million nights’ sleep to those who need accommodation, and more than 1.63 million meals via its homelessness services.

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.

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