By Bev Jordan
The business community swung into action to back the Salvos Red Shield Appeal at a special Western Sydney Business lunch last week.
The Salvation Army’s NSW/ACT Divisional Commander Lieutenant- Colonel Miriam Gluyas said the focus this year was on homelessness.
“For every person experiencing homelessness that you can see there are 13 more that you can’t… all generations. We are looking after as many as we can.”
“You are hope givers and hope bringers to the people wo are the most vulnerable.”
She said the Salvos had 95,00 requests for people who lost their homes this year.
“There are complex issues we need to be there to help care for them. We need to find people, we need to love people.”
Guest speaker Rosemary Kariuki, the 2021 Australian Local hero, spoke about her own journey from Kenya to Sydney and her need to volunteer.
“We need to give life to people.”
She spoke about the many ways people find they need help, through losing a job and not having money.
“Even me, I went to the Salvation Army for help, they gave me some vouchers, if they hadn’t given me vouchers (for food) I don’t know where I would be.
“All of us, let us do something…you need to start giving back. Everyone can do some something. We need to know our neighbours, the people in the office who don’t speak to anyone, let’s go for a walk or go for a coffee.”
Hope Where it is Needed Most.
Stephanie Dale, Chair said: There are people out on the street who desperately need the support of The Salvos please dig deep.”
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. To find out more visit salvationarmy.org.au
Every week the Salvation Army provide
• 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.
Red Shield Appeal