The Salvation Army to launch annual Red Shield Appeal

Major Warren Elliott (Corps Officer, The Salvation Army, Morley) getting ready for the 2019 Salvos Appeal. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d492841
Major Warren Elliott (Corps Officer, The Salvation Army, Morley) getting ready for the 2019 Salvos Appeal. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d492841

MORLEY Corps Major Warren Elliott has urged people to become volunteers as part of The Salvation Army’s national Red Shield Appeal.

The appeal, which aims to raise $8 million, will run from May 13 to June 2.

Mr Elliott said local funds raised will help the Morley Corps to meet the community’s needs through emergency relief and support programs.

“Not only do we provide the basic essentials of life, we also provide hope for so many people,” he said.

“Our locally run Doorways Program now allows people to visit us and choose their own food and basic supplies off the shelves, rather than us giving out vouchers.

“This new initiative provides people in need with the dignity they deserve.”

He said the Salvos needed 50,000 volunteers to help raise funds for the appeal.

“The Red Shield Appeal is a fun and simple way that Australians can make a difference in alleviating the hardship being faced by so many people, right across our nation,” he said.

“We all have the opportunity to be beacons of hope for others and, by partnering with the Salvos for just a few hours over three weeks in a local volunteering opportunity, you can give hope where it’s needed most.”

Major Warren Elliott. Picture: David Baylis

Meanwhile, Balga Corps are hoping to gain funds from the appeal to continue its free weekly Just Brass music classes.

The classes are held every Wednesday.

Balga Corps captain Darren Aitken said music brought many benefits including building children’s confidence, self-esteem and abilities to thrive at school.

To volunteer or donate funds, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvationarmy.org.au.

People can also present cheques to Westpac bank branches or Salvos stores.

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