Too many Australians are now struggling to make ends meet

by LukeAdmin

Major Mark Everitt, Salvation Army Area Officer, Central Coast & Hunter, Kylie and Lawrie McKinna.

Please support the Red Shield Appeal today, so nobody struggles alone

The Salvation Army is urging the Central Coast community to get involved in this year’s Red Shield Appeal, with funds raised locally staying local to support community services and programs in the area.

On the Coast, the Salvos are aiming to raise $50,000 at the Red Shield Appeal Launch held this morning (Thursday 4th May) at Mingara Recreation Club to support community members doing it tough.

Along with Guest Speaker for the Launch Appeal, MasterChef 2009 Winner, Julie Goodwin, over 200 local business leaders were in attendance to support the local work of the Salvos.

There are a number of ways community members and volunteers can get involved – community collection points, door knocking, online fundraising, or organising a collection at your workplace, school or sporting event.

“If you’ve ever thought about volunteering, now is the time. Grab your friends, your workmates, or make it a family outing or a group activity for your club – just get involved. The community needs your support more than ever,” says Major Mark Everitt, Salvation Army Area Officer, Central Coast & Hunter.

While all Australians are feeling the pinch of the cost of living pressures, it’s more extreme for some. The Salvos are seeing more and more people living below the breadline – skipping meals, going without prescribed medications, struggling to keep the lights on.

“We don’t want anybody on the Central Coast to struggle alone – times are tough, but we can get through it together, with your support” says Major Mark Everitt.

The Red Shield Appeal weekend is set for May 20 and 21, however there are a number of volunteer opportunities available throughout May – any time you can give is appreciated. Get in touch with your local Salvos by visiting

“The Central Coast is known for being a generous and supportive region – and we know this year will be no different. The Central Coast will do their bit to help their neighbours and their community.”

Now in its 59th year, the annual Red Shield Appeal funds vital community programs, including financial assistance, homelessness, family and domestic violence, and drug and alcohol services.

*Each year, through The Salvation Army’s nationwide network of services, the Salvos provide:

  • Assistance to one person every 17 seconds
  • More than 1.86 million sessions of care to people in need
  • Over 1 million bed nights to those in need of accommodation
  • More than 1.52 million meals to people who accessed our homelessness services

To donate or volunteer for The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal, or if you need support from The Salvos, visit or call 13 SALVOS. You can also donate at any Salvos Store.

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