Virus sends Red Shield Appeal online

The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal will look a little different this year with the usual volunteers outside local businesses or knocking on doors forced to stay at home.

Now in its 55th year, the appeal has gone digital in response to COVID-19's impact on social contact.

Grenfell and Cowra Salvation Army officer Major Louise Nicholson said she was asking the community tobecome digital fundraisers on May 23 and 24by going to www.digitaldoorknock.salvationarmy.org.au and using a suburb or postcode to help those doing it tough.

"We anticipate seeing some of the greatest need that we've ever seen in our 140-year history serving Australians," Major Nicholson said.

"The COVID-19 crisis has financially crippled many Australians and it will take months to see the real impact it will have."

Major Nicholson said that it is easy to donate to the cause.

"The Salvos are going digital this year and its easier than ever to volunteer your time and help raise money for those in need," she said.

"We are asking our local community to partner with us to provide the critical care needed as we face these challenging times.

"We know when the chips are down, Aussies come together and do what they can to give hope, this is no more important than now."

Major Nicholson said the money raised from the Red Shield Appeal Digital Doorknock will stay with in the Cowra and Grenfell communities and help fund Kids in the Kitchen and Lego Church.

Major Nicholson said that while online fundraising was the preferred option this year, but if a physical donation was the only option she was available to take them.

"They would prefer us not to be handling cash due to the COVID-19 situation, but they can still give a cash or cheque donation," she said.

"They can post a cheque to PO Box 97, or call the Hall on 6341 1313 to organise a physical drop off.

"You can also give a donation up to the end of the financial year," she said.

To sign up and volunteer to fundraise or donate directly to the Salvation Army visit: digitaldoorknock.salvationarmy.org.au