The Salvation Army's Red Shield Doorknock Appeal gets underway

CALLING FOR SUPPORT: Scott Frame from the Salvation Army Bayside Community Church with artist Pam Philp and the surfboard up for auction. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

CALLING FOR SUPPORT: Scott Frame from the Salvation Army Bayside Community Church with artist Pam Philp and the surfboard up for auction. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

THE Salvation Army is asking for support as its services on the front line are under increasing pressure.

The organisation is holding its annual Red Shield Doorknock fundraising campaign at the end of this month.

Scott Frame from the Salvation Army Bayside Community Church said many families in the Redlands were doing it tough and relied on the Salvation Army for support.

“We are seeing all kinds of people who haven’t needed our help before,” he said.

“Some families are living off less than $17 a day after they have paid their rent.

“You can imagine how much of a struggle that is. Many families are having trouble paying basic necessities like electricity, gas and food bills.”

The appeal is supported by the Salvos Store at Cleveland, which is holding an art show and sale as part of the campaign.

Casual staff member and artist Pam Philp has recycled and decorated an old surfboard, which is up for sale via a silent auction.

Other art for sale includes a donated floral work by Kerry Frost.

The art will be on display at the Salvos Store Cleveland, located at 25/31 Shore Street West, from Wednesday, May 24.

Volunteers will ask for donations at Capalaba Park, Alexandra Hills and Victoria Point shopping centres from Thursday, May 25 until Sunday, May 28.

A first-of-its-kind tap point for donations will be available at the centres for people to use tap and go bank cards.

Volunteers will also door-knock at houses in the Redlands on the weekend of May 27 and 28 to ask for donations.

The Salvation Army provides counselling, emergency relief, drug and alcohol treatment and homelessness services.

“We also offer women’s and children’s services, financial counselling, suicide bereavement and much more,” Mr Frame said.

Volunteers who can help can call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au/volunteer in the Birkdale zone.

Donations can be made by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), visiting salvos.org.au or in person at any Westpac branch.

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