Salvation Army urging Perth residents to continue Shirley Mort’s legacy of kindness

Salvation Army collector Shirley Mort, in 2015, at her post on the Wellington Street overpass in Perth city. Photo:: Nic Ellis, The West Australian
Salvation Army collector Shirley Mort, in 2015, at her post on the Wellington Street overpass in Perth city. Photo:: Nic Ellis, The West Australian

THE Salvation Army has urged the community to help continue the legacy of one of its most influential volunteers.

Shirley Mort was a regular presence in Perth’s CBD and collected $1.7 million over 26 years of service in WA before she died last year.

She supported programs including the Morning Soup Run and Night Outreach Service, which the Salvos hope to continue through their recent campaign in remembrance of her.

Hot meals, counselling sessions or a night of emergency accommodation can be donated via the campaign’s online donation service.

Salvation Army divisional public relations secretary Warren Palmer said the organisation asked people to consider making a gift that would recognise the importance of continuing this service, which provided a morning meal to the homeless of Perth.

“If we achieve a good response, then we can ensure (Shirley’s) legacy and example stays alive,” he said.

The organisation has traditionally sought donations through mail, pledging programs and the major Doorknock Appeal held yearly in May.

Mr Palmer said the organisation recognised the changing face of communications, which created the need for innovative ways to connect with its community and send its message.

“Using mainly social media in this campaign does allow for Shirley’s story to be told and shared with so many more than we could normally.

“It will run for another few weeks and is a valuable opportunity to remember a very special person who stands as a symbol of community and love of humanity.” he said.

Donations can be made at: http://bit.ly/shirley_mort

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