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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Salvos need doorknockers for Red Shield Appeal

For almost six decades they’ve been helping our most vulnerable, now The Salvation Army is urging the community to help them.

Set to host its annual Red Shield Appeal on May 29 and 30, the perpetual givers urgently need 10,000 doorknockers in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

The charitable group is aiming to raise $135,000 across the Hunter this year, across the weekend

They need volunteers for shopping centres, sports grounds and roadside collection points. 

With housing affordability at record lows, Salvation Army officer Mark Everitt says they are experiencing some of the greatest need in its history.

“The Hunter community has always faithfully backed The Salvos, and this year we need people to volunteer and raise funds to ensure that we can continue the work in the community for years to come.

“Money raised locally this year will help enable the continuation of community programs including the Newcastle Oasis and Worship Centre offering emergency support to locals in need.

“The Salvos cannot do what we do without the generosity of the public in our community. 

“If you have the means, please consider donating to the Red Shield Appeal or become a volunteer this year. 

“Your generosity and support will help us to leave no one in need.” 

In Belmont the Eastlakes Salvos are aiming to raise $26,000, with all funds raised locally staying local. 

The Salvation Army’s Eastlakes branch volunteers Bernie and Terri Muendel 2020. Photo: Peter Stoop

Eastlakes Salvos are encouraging the community to become ‘Digital Doorknockers’ by creating an online fundraising page to raise money for their local Salvos. 

“Money raised locally this year will enable us to continue to support our local housing estate communities and also to support families at Christmas with hampers, toys, clothing and many other necessities,” says Terri Muendel from Eastlakes Salvos. 

The Red Shield Appeal will fund The Salvation Army’s network of social and community services, that more than 300,000 vulnerable Australians rely on every year.

Funds raised will also help The Salvos tackle the root causes of homelessness, including family and domestic violence, financial hardship, disaster and emergencies, and addiction.

Now in its 56th year, The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvos’ flagship fundraising appeal which aims to raise $7 million to fund over 2000 centres and services across Australia. 

Newcastle Salvos offers a wide variety of programs including Money Care financial counseling service, Oasis youth services, drug and alcohol counseling, case management, food hampers and emergency relief services and support. 

To donate to 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.

To volunteer in-person in Newcastle contact Danielle on 0435 967 885 or visit volunteer.salvos.org.au 

To become a Digital Doorknocker, visit digitaldoorknock.salvationarmy.org.au/t/belmont-salvos or contact Eastlakes Salvos in Belmont on 4945 1912 or via email on [email protected].

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