Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward today kicked off The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal with a $200,000 donation from the NSW Government.
Ms Goward said the Salvos are known right around the nation for transforming the lives of people in need.
“The Salvos are an Australian institution, and their tireless work touches the lives and hearts of all of us, especially the elderly, young people and families in need,” Ms Goward said.
“The Salvation Army has a long history of working together with the NSW Government to help those who are most at risk and disadvantaged.
“In July last year, the NSW Government funded The Salvation Army to provide out-of-home care for vulnerable children in NSW.
“This is good news for those children who can’t live safely at home and will help us to meet our goal that every child in NSW is in a safe and loving home where they can reach their full potential.
“The NSW Government is urging everyone in NSW to dig deep during this year’s Red Shield Appeal and help the Salvos reach their target of $79 million,” Ms Goward said.
Salvation Army Spokesman Major Bruce Harmer said “The Salvation Army needs to mobilise more than 100,000 collectors across Australia to knock on as many doors as possible. It’s a fun few hours where you can do your bit to help the Salvos. I would encourage you to contact your local Salvation Army and sign up today!”
The Red Shield Appeal national doorknock weekend is on 25-26 May. For information about volunteering please visit: http://salvos.org.au/