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APPEAL TO RESIDENTS: The Salvation Army's Lieutenant Matt Pethybridge is asking people to step out for a couple of hours on Sunday, May 27

APPEAL TO RESIDENTS: The Salvation Army's Lieutenant Matt Pethybridge is asking people to step out for a couple of hours on Sunday, May 27

The Salvation Army is calling on Nambucca Valley community groups, sporting clubs, workplaces, families and individuals to get involved in its annual Red Shield Appeal door knock on Sunday, May 27.

The shire’s resident Salvo, Lieutenant Matt Pethybridge, said the money raised here stays here and is used, in particular, to keep the doors of its Family Store on the Old Pacific Highway open.

“Winter is here and we have noticed the spike in demand – people need basic things like money to buy food or petrol as well as blankets,” Matt said.

“Hardship does not discriminate. More and more people from all walks of life are turning to The Salvation Army for assistance. We need the public’s support now more than ever.”

The reach of the Salvos is incredible – in a typical week, Australia-wide, they provide over 17,000 beds for those suffering homelessness, 40,000 meals for the hungry, over 1,400 financial counselling sessions and refuge for over 100 women affected by domestic violence.

Matt said door-knockers were needed, especially in Nambucca Heads.

“We are only asking for two hours of your time on Sunday morning – we start with a bacon and egg roll and then head out. It’s a really lovely community atmosphere and we do our best to make it worth people’s while.”

The meeting points are at the Macksville Salvos Church at 21 River St or at the Nambucca Arts and Community Centre at 8.30am, Sunday, May 27.

From there people will head onto the streets, as well as out to Bowraville and Scotts Head.

He said community groups also get involved in the door knock and can phone 13SALVOS (137258) to register their interest and area.

And if you are unable to be out and about on May 27, then you can donate to the Red Shield Appeal by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), online at salvos.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch or Salvos Store or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.

Matt said every donation to the Red Shield Appeal makes a meaningful difference to the lives of others.

“Just $28 helps children at risk of homelessness participate in an after-school program, $60 provides a food hamper so that a struggling family doesn’t have to go hungry, and $79 provides one day of support for a family to find a home. Even a relatively small contribution can have an immeasurable impact on someone’s life.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do – they ensure the success of our vital social programs.”

“These programs include emergency housing for people in crisis, drug and alcohol rehabs, financial counselling services, as well as a host of social programs.” 

Following last year’s success, The Salvation Army will also be rolling out static donation points in Macksville and Nambucca Heads next week.

The Salvation Army has a trusted history in helping Australians in need for over 135 years.