Students from 16 local high schools attended a special Red Shield Appeal launch held by the Salvation Army recently.
Major Susanne Geracia Salvos Children’s Secretary NSW/ACT said it was a wonderful afternoon with 75 people attending the second annual Red Shield School launch at Castle Hill RSL.
In its inaugural year in 2021 there were 7 schools represented. “The Salvation Army appreciates the support shown by the student leaders and their staff and also through the other guests in attendance. Jim Taggart was the MC and made sure all guests felt welcomed and included.
Castle Hill MP Ray Williams attended as did Clr Frank DeMasi and former Mayor Michelle Byrne.
They spoke on the importance of volunteering and reminded the students that we need to help each other.
Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army, Miriam Gluyas spoke to the students about the work The Salvation Army has done recently, especially through COVID and the recent flooding.
The students also participated in a game of Kahoot and listened to an inspiring talk given by Carissa Ainsworth of The Salvation Army. Ther annual Red Shield Appeal raises money for the Salvos work. Every 17 seconds, The Salvation Army in Australia helps someone at one of our services or programs.
As the impact of natural disasters, COVID-19 as well as the increased cost of living continues to affect people and families across the country, the Salvos have seen a larger demand on services.
The national doorknock appeal takes place in the last weekend of May. To find out how to volunteer or donate visit www.salvationarmy.org.au