Red Shield Appeal kicks off

That time again: Macarthur Red Shield Appeal coordinator Kelvin Stace is ready to gather the troops for this year's fundraising campaign. Picture: Anna Warr
That time again: Macarthur Red Shield Appeal coordinator Kelvin Stace is ready to gather the troops for this year's fundraising campaign. Picture: Anna Warr

Gather your loose change – it’s that time of year again.

The Salvation Army is calling on Macarthur residents to dig deep and spare what they can during this year’s Red Shield Appeal.

The annual fundraising campaign runs until the end of June, but the doorknock campaign will be held in the last weekend of the month, May 27 and 28.

Campbelltown’s Red Shield Appeal coordinator Major Kelvin Stace said this was the one time of year the Salvation Army asked the public to dig deep.

“The Salvation Army supports communities across Australia 365 days a year,” he said.

“We’re only asking the public to give to us on one weekend of the year, so we can continue supporting communities in need.”

Major Stace said funds raised during the Red Shield Appeal were vital to ensuring the Salvation Army’s projects and services could help the most vulnerable in the area.

“The Red Shield Appeal raises money for our drug and alcohol programs, our wealth counselling and other counselling services,” he said.

“If people didn’t have access to these services they most likely wouldn’t go anywhere.

“It would be very difficult for some people, without the Salvation Army’s assistance, to live.”

Major Stace said the Salvation Army was always on the look out for new volunteers and encouraged anyone who could to contact their local branch.

He said it was particularly beneficial for people to have their own transportation so they could reach the most remote and inaccessible residents during the Red Shield Appeal.