By Bev Jordan
Volunteers are still needed for the Red Shield Appeal on the weekend of May 29 and 30.
Chair of the Hills Red Shield Appeal, Frank De Masi, said help was needed more than ever.
“Last year, due to COVID there was no fundraising at all yet the Salvos were so busy. They were helping people through the drought, then the bushfires, then COVID and then the floods. That was in addition to everything else they do, including helping the homeless.”
The Hills campaign was launched at Castle Hill with representatives from nine local high schools who were told about the work the Salvation Army is doing with youth and the homeless.
According to Salvation Army findings for every person known to be homeless there are 13 others that can’t be seen.
Volunteers will be collecting at various spots including Stanhope Gardens Post Office and Michelle’s Patisserie, Rouse Hill Village, Kellyville Netball courts, North Kellyville Square, Kellyville Village, The Ponds shopping centre, Rouse Hill Bunnings, Castle Hill Bunnings, Norwest Market-town, Beaumont Hills Village Rouse Hill Town Centre and Annangrove Shops on the weekend of May 29 and 30.
This year the Red Shield Appeal will be both online and through collection points.
You can donate online at www.salvationarmy.org.au/rsaws, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
Volunteer collectors will be out on the weekend of May 29 and 30.
Captain Susanne Geracia from Rouse Hill Salvos said people could still turn up at the weekend and help.
“Turn up to William Clarke College Kellyville on Saturday May 29 or Sunday May 30 at 8:30am for a chance to head out into the community.
“It is so important to give back and help those in need. 2020 was tough on everyone and here at The Salvos we want everyone to be taken care of.”
The goal in the Hills is to raise $31,000. To find out more visit salvationarmy.org.au
Every week the Salvation Army provides
• Over 16,000 meals
• 1200 vouchers given to people in need
• Over 1000 women helped by domestic services each year.
• Over 4500 assisted by homelessness services with case management support.
• Nearly 1000 people accommodated each night.
• Over 106,000 people in disaster affected areas received help from Salvation Army Emergency Services.
• Over 2600 young people assisted by youth support services each year.
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