The State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to helping people in need with another $50,000 donation to the Salvation Army for its 2008 Red Shield Appeal.
Communities Minister Sue Ellery said Australia’s leading welfare organisation was aiming to raise $68million this year for a range of essential social services across the country.
“The Western Australian Salvos hope to raise $670,000 of the national fundraising target, and the contribution of the Carpenter Government will help them achieve that goal by offsetting the appeal’s administration costs,” Ms Ellery said.
“The Salvation Army in WA runs more than 65 programs for people in need, including beds for the homeless, meals for the hungry, food vouchers, help for people with an alcohol or drug dependency, refuge for victims of abuse, training and job placement, and aged care services.
“The State Government provides annual funding of $4.89million to support 21 of these services.
“The Salvation Army’s importance in the community cannot be underestimated. For people who are disadvantaged or in crisis, the Salvos offer a safe haven and immediate relief.
“It is, therefore, with great pleasure that I am able to provide them with a boost for their Red Shield Appeal again this year on behalf of the Government.”
Salvation Army spokesperson Warren Palmer said the Red Shield Appeal would see about 7,000 volunteers door-knocking on residential homes across Western Australia from May 24 to June 1.
“We welcome the contribution from the State Government and value the strong working relationship we have together,” Mr Palmer said.
“There are significant challenges in our community at present and this $50,000 donation will help us meet some of these challenges.
“Last year in WA, the Salvation Army provided emergency relief to more than 87,000 people and accommodated more than 300 homeless people every night.
“It is now up to the generosity of the WA community through the Red Shield Appeal to allow us to continue helping the people who most need it.”
To get involved with the Red Shield Appeal, phone 13 72 58 or register online at http://www.salvationarmy.org.au
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