AFTER more than 55 years of knocking on doors each May, The Salvation Army is taking the Red Shield Appeal digital in response to COVID-19’s impact on social contact.
Salvos living in communities from Smithton to Southport are asking Tasmanians to become digital fundraisers by going to digitaldoorknock.salvationarmy.org.au and using a suburb or postcode to find their nearest Red Shield Appeal to help those doing it tough.
Australians are facing an economic and social crisis unlike anything witnessed in recent decades and The Salvation Army is preparing to provide hardship support on an unprecedented scale.
The Salvos hope to enlist 10,000 virtual collectors to sign up and fundraise for the Red Shield Appeal Digital Doorknock in May to help meet the challenging times ahead of us.
“We anticipate seeing some of the greatest need that we’ve ever seen in our 140-year history serving Australians,” The Salvations Army’s Captain Johnmark Snead said.
“The COVID-19 crisis has financially crippled many Australians and it will take months to see the real impact it will have.”
Money raised from the Red Shield Appeal Digital Doorknock will stay in local communities like Hobart and help fund the Salvation Army’s response to the poverty in the area.
“The money raised in the Hobart area will help fund our Street to Home services for rough sleepers, homeless services, street teams, and help us to assist those in our community with emergency relief and material support in a crisis,” Captain Snead said.
The Salvation Army’s most recent annual report noted its social services provided more than 1 million sessions of care to Australians in need, helped 46,000 people experiencing homelessness, provided financial counselling to more than 65,000 and offered care to 13,000 people who were coping with family violence.
The past year also saw an ongoing response to drought, while Salvation Army Emergency Services responded to the rolling bushfires crisis by providing more than 500,000 meals and refreshments to first responders and displaced people.
“The Salvos are going digital this year and its easier than ever to volunteer your time and help raise money for those in need,” Captain Snead said.
“We are asking our local community to partner with us to provide the critical care needed as we face these challenging times.
“We know when the chips are down, Aussies come together and do what they can to give hope, this is no more important than now.”
To sign up and volunteer to fundraise, visit digitaldoorknock.salvationarmy.org.au.
Caption: From left, The Salvation Army Hobart Captains Johnmark and Nicole Snead.