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Red Shield Appeal

The Salvation Army is part of Australia's social fabric. Wherever people need our services, we're there. We help over one million men, women and children get back on their feet every year. Plus, we provide food, support and shelter during times of crisis like the Victorian bushfires or the Queensland floods. Without your donations to the Red Shield Appeal, we wouldn't be able to do our work and give people like Cathy, Barry and Helen a second chance.

Cathy's storyCATHY'S WORLD FELL APART WHEN HER SON DIED

Cathy did nothing wrong.  It wasn’t her fault, life brought her to a place where she could no longer feed her children.  Cathy was just like any of us until her husband hurt his back and lost his job. The ongoing pain meant he couldn’t find another job, no matter how many times he applied. A young child meant Cathy had to be at home.  Suddenly savings were gone, but bills kept coming and providing food for the children got harder and harder.  Then the unimaginable happened: her son died. That was Cathy’s life.  That’s what brought her to the Salvos door. Read more

Helen's storyHELEN STRUGGLED TO SMILE

"Because of my teeth, I couldn’t talk.  I couldn’t go out in public.  I was covering my mouth.  I would mumble.  I would talk behind my hand.  I was incredibly self-conscious.” - Helen

It was more than her teeth that stopped Helen smiling … When her marriage broke down because of her husband’s mental health condition, Helen was left alone to care for her three children aged five to seven. Each child has special needs, including one with juvenile arthritis, and another with profound hearing loss. Read more

Barry's storyBARRY WAS HOMELESS FOR 12 YEARS

Before he became homeless, Barry was married with children, and working for an international construction company.  After suffering undiagnosed depression, he lost his marriage, his job, his home - his life as he knew it. 

Barry still doesn’t know what drew him into the Salvos Crisis Centre that rainy night two years ago, after so long living on the streets.  There he found acceptance, food and support.

So much can come from one simple meal. Read more

Help the Salvos help others

How? Donate online or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).