You are here: Home › News › 2016 › 05 › 30 › Red Shield Appeal On Target To Reach Goal Red Shield Appeal on target to reach goal Red Shield Appeal on target to reach goal 30 May 2016 Share FaceBook Twitter Tweet Icon Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Print By Esther Pinn More than 60,000 volunteers hit the streets and knocked on doors across Australia over the weekend to collect donations for The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal. Over $5 million had been counted, well on the way to achieving the national doorknock goal of $8 million. The overall Red Shield Appeal target for Australia is $74 million. The Army’s Australia Eastern Territorial Community Fundraising Director, Andrew Hill, paid tribute to all those who gave their time to support the doorknock. “The Red Shield Appeal is one of those beautiful times where 60,000 people put the shield on themselves,” he said. “Without their help, The Salvation Army couldn’t do the work it does throughout Australia. “The Salvation Army is not naive; we know we cannot do it without the generosity of the public’s giving and the Australian public’s participation. I had people donate as little as 50 cents, to people who donated $2000 as an individual gift. I know that as little as $5 can give somebody a meal. And $100 can give somebody a bed for the night and they’re not insignificant things. Everything helps, everything counts.” While collecting donations is important, Andrew believes the real Red Shield Appeal success stories are “the people connections”. For the past 20 years, as a Red Shield Appeal collector, Andrew has knocked on the door of a couple who every year, without fail, donates $100. Sadly, this year it was just the wife who greeted Andrew at the door, her husband having recently passed away. Andrew said this was an opportunity for him to exemplify Christ. “When she gave me the hundred dollars she just broke down, her head fell on my shoulder and she sobbed,” he said. “It was just that time to talk to her and be a fellow human being with her. Be a Salvo. Just listen to her story and her pain. And that’s a relationship I only see once a year.” The Red Shield Appeal closes on 30 June. Donations can be made by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), by visiting salvos.org.au, at any Westpac Bank branch, or by posting a cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city. Categories: Pipeline Online/Region/National Tags: doorknock, doorknock-weekend, red-shield-appeal, Salvos, The-Salvation-Army Comments Leave a comment Subscribe to comments Jeff Winterburn May 30, 2016 at 9:38pm Well done to everyone in Australia. Good thing read this story which gives so much hope and encouragement. Reply Leave a Comment Name: * Email: * - Will not be published Website: Comment: * Email me follow-up comments Note: Your comment requires approval before being published. Would you like to add a personal image? Visit gravatar.com to get your own free gravatar, a globally-recognized avatar. Once setup, your personal image will be attached every time you comment.