Volunteers needed to assist with Cowra's Red Shield Appeal

Major Cathryn Williamson is looking for volunteers to assist with this year's Red Shield Appeal.

Major Cathryn Williamson is looking for volunteers to assist with this year's Red Shield Appeal.

The Salvos are encouraging people to get involved in Australia's biggest annual doorknock, the Red Shield Appeal.

Held over the weekend of 25-26 May, the Appeal has set a target of raising $8 million.

The money raised from the Red Shield Appeal will go towards The Salvation Army's vast network of services that help Australians in need.

With the many natural disasters that have struck our shores this year and the growing number of Australians overwhelmed by the continual rise in the cost of living, more Australians are turning to The Salvation Army for vital support.

Over the past 12 months, the Salvos have supported more than 38,000 people experiencing homelessness, 14,000 people overcoming addiction, provided over 50,000 financial counselling sessions, given care to 5,000 people experiencing family violence, and assisted more than 150,000 people with emergency relief*.

More than ever, the Salvos need 50,000 volunteers to help raise crucial funds for the Red Shield Appeal, says The Salvation Army's Major Cathryn Williamson.

"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," says Major Cathryn Williamson.

"Hardship does not discriminate. More Australians from all walks of life are turning to The Salvation Army for help and we need the public's support now to ensure we can continue to help those doing it tough."

The Salvation Army has a long history of coming alongside Australians in need. For more than 135 years, the Salvos in Australia have been committed to helping those doing it tough.

Major Williamson says, the Salvos can only continue to meet the local communities needs with the support of volunteers.

"Through the support given to us, we are then able to fund the vital services that we run in the local community."

"We cannot do this alone," Major Cathryn Williamson says.

"We all have the opportunity to be beacons of hope for others and by partnering with the Salvos for just a few hours over the Red Shield Appeal weekend, you can give hope where it's needed most."

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

You can donate to the Red Shield Appeal by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), online at salvationarmy.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch or Salvos Stores or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.

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