THE Salvation Army is urging Queenslanders to dig deep this weekend as volunteers door knock for the annual Red Shield Appeal.
The state government kicked off the appeal with a $100,000 donation on Friday and is encouraging everyone to donate.
Volunteers will be out and about today and tomorrow, door knocking homes and collecting donations.
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It comes as new figures reveal growing demand for the Salvation Army’s financial counselling services.
Communities Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the Queensland government was a proud support of the Appeal.
“The Salvation Army provides a range of important supports and services to Queenslanders such as addiction rehabilitation, aged care, financial assistance, housing and homelessness support, legal services, rural support and youth services,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“They also offer invaluable services and support when disasters hit Queensland communities, as we recently saw across North and North-West Queensland following the floods.
“I’d encourage all Queenslanders to donate what they can when Salvation Army volunteers knock on their door this weekend.”
The Palaszczuk Government provides a range of support to the Salvation Army including $350,000 per year in Emergency Relief Funding and almost $250,000 per year in Financial Literacy and Resilience Funding in Mount Isa and the Lockyer Valley.
Mrs O’Rourke said Queenslanders were generous when it comes to donating to those in need.
“One of the amazing things about Queensland is we all chip in to help out our fellow Queenslanders when they’re doing it tough,” she said.
“The Salvation Army is known for its unwavering assistance to vulnerable Queenslanders and I am sure people will answer the call to donate this weekend.”
Donations can also be made online.