The Hon Michael Sukkar MP launches The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal to multicultural communities
26 April 2017
The Salvation Army has today called on multicultural communities to support its annual Red Shield Doorknock to raise much needed funds to help those in need. This year’s Red Shield Doorknock aims to raise $75 million across Australia.
The Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Member for Deakin, Assistant Treasurer, launched this year’s event, joined by Salvation Army Communications & Fundraising Director, Leigh Cleave.
The Red Shield Doorknock launch to multicultural communities is one of the key events of the annual Red Shield Doorknock, culminating with the Doorknock weekend which will take place from 27-28 of May, 2017 this year.
Multicultural agency, MultiConnexions is once again partnering with The Salvation Army to support this year’s event. Sheba Nandkeolyar, CEO, MultiConnexions expressed pride in the longstanding relationship built with The Salvation Army to support its work across Australia.
“The Salvation Army has no geographical, social or religious boundaries and their mission is to help all – which they do. We are honoured to lend our support to this important cause, and reach out to our friends in multicultural communities across Australia for the purpose of raising awareness and well-needed funds. Thank God for the Salvos!” said Mr. Joseph Assaf, Chairman of Ethnic Business Awards, a long-time supporter of The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army’s Communications and Fundraising Director, Leigh Cleave, says the public’s support is needed now more than ever.
“The Salvation Army is under increasing pressure to meet the growing demand on its services- including services that help disadvantaged Australians from ethnic communities,” Mrs Cleave said.
“It goes without saying that the public’s support plays a crucial role in helping us provide a hand up for the most vulnerable and marginalised people in Australia. Through this continued support, The Salvation Army can give hope where it’s need most.”
The Salvation Army provides a number of important social services for multicultural Australia that include homeless support, women’s and children’s services, financial counselling through Moneycare, addiction and recovery services, legal assistance through Salvos Legal Humanitarian, English classes, learn to drive programs and many more.
To volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Doorknock weekend, please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au/volunteer
You can donate to the Red Shield Doorknock by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), online at salvos.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.