Red Shield Appeal raises almost $5million

Robyn Calhoun, Mavis Salt and Cara Hay (seated) fundraising outside Merimbula Woolworths for the Red Shield Appeal on Sunday.

Robyn Calhoun, Mavis Salt and Cara Hay (seated) fundraising outside Merimbula Woolworths for the Red Shield Appeal on Sunday.

THE 2014 Red Shield Appeal door knock raised $4.97million nationally last weekend including $2,283,500 from NSW.

The Salvation Army Bega Valley group raised $27,500 - almost reaching its target of $32,000.

Around 140 volunteers took part in the fundraiser across the Bega Valley, knocking  on doors and performing other jobs.

“It was very good, the weather made a difference I think,” Salvation Army Bega Valley Corps Lieutenant Karen Harrison said. 

“It was the best on-day recording amount we have had for a while so I think it went quite well.” 

Lieutenant Harrison is positive the local Salvos will reach their target, as they are still accepting donations for the cause in-store until mid-June, however people can donate all year round through Westpac. 

 “We know many Australians are struggling to make ends meet and household budgets have been impacted by increasing costs of living,” Salvation Army spokesperson Major Bruce Harmer said.

“Data released by The Salvation Army last week indicated that, of around 2500 of our clients who were surveyed recently, many were struggling to afford basic necessities for themselves and their families. 

“One in four said they were unable to afford a substantial meal at least once a day, 28 per cent said they have had to live without heating in at least one room in the house throughout winter, 38 per cent of participants did not have regular social contact with people, leading to a feeling of isolation and loneliness, and 91 per cent of respondents had limited or no savings for emergencies.”

Donations may still be made to the Red Shield Appeal by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), visiting salvos.org.au or any Westpac Bank branch, or by posting a cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city. 

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