Red Shield appeal needs community support


The Salvation Army is holding its annual Red Shield Appeal Doorknock during the weekend of 24-25 May, 2014.
The Launch for Multicultural communities was held on Tuesday, 6 May, at Taaza Café, Leichhardt, NSW. This launch was organized by Sheba Nandkeolyar of Multiconnexions.
Among the key people present there were Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (Parliamentary Secretary, Commonwealth Minister for social services), Hon Barbara Perry (MP for Auburn), Joseph Assaf AM (leader of multicultural business community), James Condon (Commissioner of Salvation Army), Dr Yadu Singh (Sydney cardiologist and community leader), many multicultural community leaders and media.
The Salvation Army has been around in Australia since 1880, after being started in UK in 1865. They have presence in 126 countries.
Among the services organised by the Salvos are:
• Night bus for International students in Newcastle, NSW,
• English conversation classes,
• Seniors clubs,
• Employment plus-helping unemployed people find jobs,
• Salvos Legal-helping free legal help to those who could not afford it,
• Refugee support,
• Advocacy service,
• Safe houses and accommodation, helping people needing emergency accommodation,
• Many others.
Their target for fund-raising for this year Red Shield appeal is $80 million, and the annual doorknock appeal is a significant part of the fund-raising.
Speaking about the Red Shield, Indian community leader Dr Yadu Singh said, “let us help them raise enough funds to be able to help the communities when in need.
“With so many communities in distress due to pressure of daily living and difficult financial circumstances, we are grateful that Salvos are there for those when help is needed.”
Indian News Sydney

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