100% Locally Owned, Independent and Free

100% Locally Owned, Independent and Free

'Times are tough': community members encouraged to take part in annual appeal

Do you have a news tip? Click here to send to our news team.

Photo of the day: morning treat

"Early morning beach walkers were treated to a glorious show of colour," said Prue Henschke, who captured this photo at Coolum Beach. If you have More

Coast company to build seawall in Pacific Islands

A Sunshine Coast company has been appointed to deliver a 1.81km coastal protection system in the Pacific Islands. Buderim-based dredging, civil and marine construction company More

All aboard? Funding for rail gains momentum

The state government could soon bolster its funding for a rail upgrade on the Sunshine Coast, after the federal government announced it would provide More

Jane Stephens: off-leash dogs a divisive topic

Debate around off-leash dogs quickly runs off the chain. It brings out the animal, making us whine and barking mad. Any topic around animals is sure More

Roads closed as event draws record number of runners

Roads will be closed this weekend when a record number of runners contest a growing marathon festival. There will be changed traffic conditions around Noosa, More

Multi-level building and car park proposed to replace shops

Plans are afoot to redevelop a popular shopping hub at Maroochydore. Fernco Pty Ltd wants to build a three-storey commercial and mixed-use building at 86-94 More

Sunshine Coasters have been urged to get involved in a long-running fundraiser that will support the region’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

The Salvation Army is aiming to raise $38 million nationwide for the 60th year of the Red Shield Appeal.

The Salvos’ Simon Gregory said many locals needed help.

“The Sunshine Coast area needs your support more than ever,” he said.

“The Salvos are grateful for the generosity we have received over the past 60 years of the Red Shield Appeal and we hope to see our community come together again this year as we seek to make it another 60 years.”

All funds raised locally will remain in the community, allowing the Salvos to meet the specific needs of the most disadvantaged and marginalised members of the region.

The Salvation Army is calling on everyone who can to get involved in its Red Shield Appeal.

Mr Gregory said “times are tough” across the country.

“We are seeing more people come through our doors every week, new families who have never done it this tough before, and people are feeling the pinch,” he said.

“They are skipping meals, unable to afford utility bills or medication for their kids.”

There are many ways that people can get involved in the appeal, including at collection points in shopping centres or other key locations, door-knocking, online fundraising or organising a collection at workplaces, schools and sporting events.

“There is no better way to support your community than through volunteering and we would love to have you as part of our Red Shield Appeal army this year,” Mr Gregory said.

“Grab a mate, some work colleagues or the entire family and join us. We can’t do our work in the community without you.”

The appeal will be held on May 25 and 26, but there are many other volunteering opportunities during May.

Across Australia last year, the Salvos provided more than 1.67 million sessions of care to over 250,000 people in need, more than 1.2 million bed nights to those who needed accommodation, and more than 1.63 million meals to those who accessed homelessness services.

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

Do you have an opinion to share? Submit a Letter to the Editor at Sunshine Coast News via news@sunshinecoastnews.com.au. You must include your name and suburb.

[scn_go_back_button] Return Home

Subscribe to SCN’s daily news email

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.