Salvos 60th Red Shield Lockyer launch

Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayor Tanya Milligan shared her personal ties with The Salvation Army as the events guest speaker. Pictured with Lockyer Valley Salvation Army core officer BJ Moulder and Salvation Army captain Rick Moulder. Picture: JESSE HAMILTON

With the demand for their services and support greater than ever, The Salvation Army launched its 60th Red Shield Appeal in the Lockyer Valley on 30 May at a fundraising breakfast function held at Porters Plainland Hotel.

The fundraiser launch fostered community engagement by highlighting volunteering opportunities and encouraging donations while also spotlighting the vital role Salvation Army services have played in the Lockyer Valley.

Lockyer Valley Salvation Army core officer BJ Moulder said Salvos had been providing services unique to the region for more than 130 years and encouraged people to support in anyway they can.

“We’ve seen an increase of people coming through our doors, people who have never come through our doors before who are finding themselves in a real financial difficult situation,” she said.

“For us, it’s a reminder that with our community’s help and generosity, we will need to continue supporting our community and those in need through our Money Care Program and on the ground help through food hampers and financial assistance.”

Across Queensland, the Salvos are aiming to raise $5.7 million and $15,000 in the Lockyer Valley for the Red Shield Appeal, which is now Australia’s largest and longest-running door-knock appeal.

New research conducted by The Salvation Army highlighted the depths of the cost-of-living crisis, with 94 per cent of respondents saying they are struggling to afford essentials, such as housing, groceries, medical care, and utilities.

The Salvation Army captain Rick Moulder said the numbers were frightening.

“In a lucky country like Australia, individuals and families shouldn’t have to make these sorts of decisions, like choosing whether to eat, pay rent or send your kids to the doctor,” he said.

“But these are the people the Salvos help every day as we try to give a new beginning to those struggling in our community.

“There are many volunteering opportunities continuing throughout the month of June including collections in shopping centres or other key locations, online fundraising or organising a collection at your workplace, school, or sporting event.

“The Lockyer Valley region needs your support more than ever.”