All Saints’ College students find helping Salvation Army Red Shield appeal brings rewards


Students Layaal Mikhael (15), Steven Thiele (15) and Lauren Hanson (14) will be collecting for the Red Shield Appeal.
Students Layaal Mikhael (15), Steven Thiele (15) and Lauren Hanson (14) will be collecting for the Red Shield Appeal.

WHEN All Saints’ College students participate in the Salvation Army’s Red Shield appeal next weekend, the benefits will be three-fold.

School co-ordinator Kay von Dietze said students who volunteered their time for the worthy cause received immense personal benefits.

“By giving up five hours of their day to help those less fortunate, they feel a sense of accomplishment,” she said.

“The students’ participation in the doorknock weekend also gives the community the chance to donate and of course help the Salvation Army to continue with its essential services for the disadvantaged.”

More than 105,000 people in Australia do not have a secure and safe place to live and so the 2016 Red Shield Appeal is focusing on homelessness.

Students at All Saints’ College have been volunteering for the Red Shield appeal for more than 20 years. Mrs von Dietze said that while the school prepared the students for the residents who chose not to donate, most came back elated and humbled by the community’s generous response.

“The students have a real sense of justice,” she said.

“They know they can’t help out with a soup kitchen, but they want to do more than donate cash. They can put their feet on the street and knock on doors.”

Mrs von Dietze encouraged more schools to volunteer for the Red Shield Appeal.

Visit salvationarmy.org.au or call 13 72 58.