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Salvation Army SA hopes to raise $800,000 from the Red Shield Appeal doorknock weekend on May 30-31
- ROXANNE WILSON
- THE ADVERTISER
- MAY 29, 2015 11:57PM
Matisse is ready for this weekend’s Red Shield Appeal. Picture: MIKE BURTON
FOUR-year-old Matisse will be one of many smiling faces rattling buckets for the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal doorknock this weekend.
Salvation Army SA public relations secretary Rod Reeve said it is hoped the doorknock weekend — now in its 50th year — would raise $800,000 locally.The national fundraising goal is $9.5 million.“We’ve gone very close in the past so we’re really hopeful people get behind the cause,” Mr Reeve said.“It is needed now more than ever before because we have a growing number of people who are coming to us for assistance and we want to be able to help them.
“I think life is getting very tough for a lot of people out there.”Mr Reeve said last year more than 15,000 people came to the Salvation Army’s SA division for emergency relief.“The fact is we never know what is around the corner for each of us — there might be issues of job loss, there might be issues of illness,” he said.
Matisse is ready to help in the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal. Picture: MIKE BURTON
“People who haven’t come to us before could in the future.”Mr Reeve’s son Matt, 37, said his family — including daughter Matisse — would take part in the doorknock weekend.“For me, it is more about getting kids to be aware of the needs of other people in the community,” the Felixstow resident, who also works for the Salvation Army, said.“This is a really practical way for them to see the needs of our community.”Donations to the Red Shield Appeal can be made by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or online at salvos.org.au