THE Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal is set to take to the streets of Armadale on May 27 and 28.
Armadale Corps Officer in Charge Paul Hetherington said there has been a change in those seeking help in the area.
“One of the things I’ve found a fair bit is it’s almost like the poverty line has shifted a little bit,” Mr Hetherington said.
“We’re finding that the people who we normally wouldn’t have to assist we have to, because day to day has become much harder. People who own houses generally don’t need to come to us, but now they’re losing jobs and the cost of living has just become almost out of reach.”
Donations to the appeal go towards running a variety of programs across WA, including helping those affected by homelessness, domestic violence, and in need of emergency relief.
In a typical week, the Salvation Army provides 100,000 meals, 2,000 beds for people experiencing homelessness, distributes up to 8,000 grocery vouchers and provides refuge for 500 people across Australia.
Mr Hetherington said the response from locals towards Salvation Army fundraisers is always positive, and said anyone who can spare even a small amount of time to doorknock is invited to get in touch.
“Even if you’re just doorknocking your street, it can make a huge difference to our overall result. We need as many doorknockers as we can get – we have quite a large geographical area,” Mr Heatherington said.
“If there’s any workplaces willing to put teams together, any businesses that want to send their workers out, we’ll take whatever we can get.”
The Salvation Army fundraisers will also be at Armadale Shopping City for the week in the lead-up to the doorknock and Bunnings Armadale on the weekends.
If you can help the Salvation Army with the Red Shield Appeal as a doorknocker, contact Paul Hetherington on 9497 1803, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Armadale office at 57 Braemore St.
To donate to the Appeal, visit the office, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), or head online to salvos.org.au.