Rockingham students help prepare for Red Shield Appeal

Upper school students Leah Byl, John Gao, CJ Saver and Ellie Broughton helping promote the Salvation
Army Red Shield Appeal.
Upper school students Leah Byl, John Gao, CJ Saver and Ellie Broughton helping promote the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

LOCAL high school hospitality students helped promote the upcoming Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for 2019.

The annual doorknock begins on May 13 and runs until June 2.

The organisation hopes to raise $8 million for its services to Australians in need.

Rockingham Community Outreach Ministry leader Tamara Pilgrim said the students’ skills were appreciated.

“Our community lunches provide people with a delicious meal and an opportunity to connect with others and engage in a safe and welcoming space,” she said.

“Whether you are in need of a meal, are feeling alone or isolated, or simply just want to be a more active member of our community, our weekly Tuesday lunches provide that opportunity.

“Most Tuesdays, South Coast Baptist College hospitality students also bring down their food truck and cook food for our patrons.

“It’s a great way for them to learn and connect with those in need in the Rockingham community.

“None of this is possible without the generous support of our volunteers and the Rockingham community.”

Over the past 12 months the Salvos have provided more than 50,000 financial counselling sessions and assisted more than 150,000 people with emergency relief nationwide.

Ms Pilgrim said they really are counting on volunteers for the appeal.

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

To volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Appeal, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvationarmy.org.au.

To donate, call 13 SALVOS, online at Salvation Army, in person at any Westpac branch or Salvos Stores, or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in Perth.