Salvos call on Ararat for volunteers and support

Greg Turnbull from the Ararat Salvation Army is encouraging volunteers to join in helping to collect for this year's Red Shield Appeal. Picture: PETER PICKERING

Greg Turnbull from the Ararat Salvation Army is encouraging volunteers to join in helping to collect for this year's Red Shield Appeal. Picture: PETER PICKERING

REGION - The Salvos are calling on the Ararat community to join the annual Red Shield Appeal Doorknock Weekend to raise $10 million and help over one million Australians in need.

Ararat residents have been asked to give up a few hours of their time to collect for the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock Weekend (May 24 - 25) and help to support people in need within the community and across Australia.

The Salvation Army's Western Victoria divisional communications and fundraising secretary, Major Vic Pitman-Jones, said the generosity of the people of Ararat will help to ensure the organisation can continue to support the increasing number of people in need of social services.

"Volunteers who are willing to spare a few hours to rally around the Ararat community are key to The Salvation Army reaching our goals and raising funds that go directly back into our programs and social services," he said.

The Salvation Army operates 73 programs across Western Victoria including homelessness, domestic violence and mental health services.

"Many Australians are in need of assistance with the most basic essentials such as food," said Dr Bruce Redman.

"Australia is going through a major economic transition and some families face an uncertain future. Many people who have been well off in the past are now genuinely worried for what is around the corner."

The Red Shield Appeal Doorknock is integral to providing the funds so the Salvos can continue to help those who need it.

To volunteer simply call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvationarmy.org.au

To donate to the Red Shield Appeal please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), visit salvationarmy.org.au, or in person at any Westpac Bank branch or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.

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