Prendiville Catholic College and St Mark’s Anglican Community School pupils will be among collectors in the electorate of Moore, where the target is $30,000.
‘Last year we raised close to $28,000 via the door knock, and then telemarketing and later donations brought us up to about $42,000,’ Captain Brooks said.
‘All funds raised go to supporting the work of the Salvation Army’s social services across the Australian southern territory.
‘This means all domestic violence and homeless shelters, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services and centres.
‘Also corps welfare programs including our emergency services will be assisted by funds raised by the Red Shield appeal.’
Captain Brooks said that locally, the Salvation Army helped needy families with food, bill arrears and rental problems.
‘Areas of concern in 2013 are the impact of high rents in our community and cost of living expenses such as utilities and fuel biting hard on household budgets,’ he said.
‘As families continue to struggle under the strain of financial pressure, the fear is that many will either cut back on the basic necessities or run up debt to cover day-to-day expenses.’