The Salvation Army has sent a big thank you to the Australian public for their generosity after $4,753,750 was raised around the country this weekend as part of the Red Shield Appeal for 2016. Salvation Army Communications and Fundraising Director, Leigh Cleave, said she is pleased with the results, particularly given the high level of need around the country. “We thank Australian’s for their incredible generosity towards those in need and we are especially grateful for the thousands of volunteers that assisted us over the weekend, in particular, the number of young people who chose to give a few hours of their time” she said.
Mrs Cleave said data released by The Salvation Army in the past week had highlighted the importance of the Red Shield Doorknock. “The report revealed a large amount of our clients live off just $17 a day after housing is paid for, over half go without five or more basic items such as medical care and three meals a day; and nearly 70% live under extreme housing stress,” she said.
Captain Mark Williamson, the Chaplain at Moyne, was outside IGA last Thursday collecting for the Red Shield Appeal. Mark was joined by Moyne residents, who kindly volunteered.