The Gold Coast Community are being encouraged to dig deep for The Salvation Army’s annual Red Shield Appeal.
They’re hoping to raise $800,000 on the Gold Coast, among the goal of $5.4 million in Queensland.
Salvos are focussing on improving domestic violence services this year, following an influx of people needing support.
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“Through the pandemic we saw a large increase, in particular women, coming to see us asking for support and looking at ways to be able to escape the violent situations and controlling situations that they’re in,” Simon Gregory from The Salvation Army says.
“The Salvation Army is really keen to try and increase the services that we provide and be able to provide more safe environments for women and children.”
Officially launched on the Gold Coast this morning, the Red Shield Appeal is in its 58th year and will fundraise for the month of May.
Across the nationwide network, The Salvation Army says they assist three people every minute and also provide over 887,000 crisis beds to people experiencing homelessness – including women and children escaping DV situations.
Major Earle Ivers from the Gold Coast Temple Salvation Army says after a rough few years the local community is definitely in need.
“We’re so grateful to the Gold Coast community, which has always rallied together and supported the Red Shield Appeal,” Major Ivers says.
“This year is no different – we need the help of community members more than ever as we continue to support those who have felt the devastating impacts of the past couple
Amazingly, the Gold Coast has already raised $300,000 towards the $800,000 goal.
The Salvos annual door-knock weekend will be held on 28 and 29 May.
“We cannot do what we do without you. If you have the means, please consider becoming a volunteer or donating to the Red Shield Appeal this year,” Major Ivers said.
“Your generosity and support will help us to leave no one in need.”
To donate to The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal visit salvationarmy.org.au or call 13 SALVOS, or you can also donate at any Salvos Store.