Difficult times cause for appeal
By Nadia Surace
FLAGGING impacts of recent natural disasters plus rising rent, food and electricity costs, The Salvation Army Shepparton Branch have begun campaigning as part of this year’s Red Shield Appeal.
The organisation says that last year more than 80,000 people sought help from its welfare services Australia-wide for the first time and believe it is clear many clients feel more depressed because of the current economic climate.
The Salvation Army’s Major Bram Cassidy says the need for donations this year is critical and appealed to locals to support this weekend’s door knock across the region.
“We know that data shows 2.2 million people are now estimated to live in poverty, of these 74% live in a household where nobody has paid work. 12% of Australian kids live in poverty, which is deeply shocking and very alarming,” he said.
“Many of our clients are on the poverty line so when rent, electricity and food prices go up, there’s nothing else they can cut. Rising prices will mean they have to make a daily choice, sometimes between buying food and necessities or paying bills. Often there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, so it’s a terrible cycle they get trapped in.”
To donate phone: 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or go to: www.salvationarmy.org.au.
Donations can also be made at any Westpac branch or by posting a cheque to: PO Box 9888 Melbourne, 3000.
The Salvation Army Shepparton Branch will also host a garage sale its office, corner of Nixon and Orr streets this Saturday 10am-2pm.
All proceeds from homewares, clothing and collectables sold will go to Red Shield Appeal 2011.
The Salvation Army data says:
More than 45,000 Australian youths will be homeless tonight
25,000 families are homeless every night in Australia
60,000 women and children need refuge from domestic violence each year
The Salvation Army assists more than one million people every year