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If you're seeing red this weekend, why not help out?
It's that time of year again where a Salvo may come knocking on your door asking for a donation! On the weekend of May 28-29, The Salvation Army will be out door-knocking all around Australia as part of their primary, annual fundraising event, The Red Shield Appeal. The money raised by the Salvation Army throughout the Red Shield Appeal helps to fund the many programs and services run by The Salvation Army throughout the year, which help to create positive change for those in our community who are doing it tough.
Some of these programs include the community support services which provide financial counselling, help with addictions, housing, family crisis and natural disaster support. The Salvation Army also runs many different programs in their local communities to provide a welcome place for anyone to come and connect, engage with others and have a safe space to go to.
In order to launch the 2016 Red Shield Appeal, the annual Donut Day was held in Adelaide's Rundle Mall on Wednesday May 25. In the spirit of promoting and supporting the upcoming Red Shield Appeal, many local celebrities got involved and participated in a donut decorating competition. Nova's Shane Lowe and Hit 107's Kat and Amos were in attendance, as well as House Rules' contestants Brooke and Michelle. The donut decorating competition was then judged by My Kitchen Rules' contestants, Paige and Rosie. Many other local news presenters and journalists also tried their hand at getting creative with donut toppings.
Free, delicious, donuts, provided by Donut King,were then handed out to the public and disappeared very quickly. Despite the cold and rainy weather, many people stopped by to join in the fun, have a photo with the Salvos' mascot Shieldy, and give a donation. If you didn't make it to the donut festivities, make sure you keep an eye out for the Salvos collecting in your local shopping centre, or on your doorstep this weekend.
If you aren't home Sunday morning when the Salvos come knocking, or you would prefer not to get out of your warm and cosy bed, this year you also have the option of participating in the digital Doorknock. You can host a site of your own where your friends and family can donate, or you can just give a donation online.While the Doorknock appeal is happening on the weekend of May 28-29, the Red Shield Appeal will continue on taking donations online, in shopping centres and at local Salvation Army centres through June. No donation is too small, as every little bit creates helps to create change and aid those in need.