Salvation Army Red Shield appeal to multicultural communities

red-shield-multicultural-appeal 2Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-
Wells, gave the keynote address at the launch of The Salvation Army’s 2014 Red Shield Appeal to

multicultural communities on 6th May 2014.

The launch was organised by Sheba Nandkeolyar of the Multiconexions at Taaza Café, Leichhardt,  NSW.

 

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.

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.

This year the national fundraising target for the Red Shield Appeal is $80 million with the

culmination of the appeal being the annual doorknock which will take place on the weekend of 24 –

25 May.

 

The Salvation Army’s Major Bruce Harmer says the money raised through the Red Shield Appeal is

vital in allowing The Salvation Army to provide assistance to individuals and families doing it tough.

“For those living on the bread-line, an unexpected event like car troubles or a broken fridge can set

people back to the point of being evicted due to rental arrears,” said Major Harmer.

With Australia going through a major economic transition and many individuals and families facing

an uncertain future, The Salvation Army expects many more people will be in need of basic

assistance with issues such as food stress.

“Often people on low incomes or government benefits can have as little as $50 a week to live on

once they pay the rent, which is simply not enough to cover a family’s basic needs,” Major Harmer

said.

Funds raised through the Red Shield Appeal will help The Salvation Army to assist more than one

million people a year to make ends meet – providing immediate assistance with food vouchers, help

with bill payments, and no-interest loans to cover unexpected expenses; through to working with

people over the longer term with financial counselling, employment services, and drug, alcohol and

gambling rehabilitation.

Services specifically catering towards the needs of migrants or people of non-English speaking

background include English conversation classes, seniors clubs, job placement services, refugee

support including reuniting and advocacy services.

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.”

Among the key people present there were Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (Parliamentary

Secretary, Commonwealth Minister for social services),  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.

To give to the Red Shield Appeal, please call 13 SALVOS, visit salvos.org.au, donate at any Westpac

branch, or post your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.

 

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