The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army’s signature fundraising drive which helps fund our vast network of social and community services, including Oasis Youth Support Network.
The Red Shield Appeal began in 1965 and is promoted under our most recognisable symbol – the red shield. Each year, The Salvation Army appeals to the Australian community for donations to ensure we can give hope where it is needed most through our social welfare and community service programs.
Vulnerable Australians rely on these programs every day. Our services range from providing shelter for the homeless, assisting families in crisis through practical support and financial counselling, to guiding people with addictions through to a clean, healthy lifestyle.
The appeal kicks off with offical launch events around the country where corporate and community leaders are invited to be our partners in mission.
The Red Shield Appeal is run over the months of April, May and June each year with the Red Shield Doorknock taking place on the last weekend in May.
Red Shield Appeal funds help The Salvation Army deliver the following social services:
Using money raised through the Red Shield Appeal, in a typical week, across Australia, The Salvation Army provides*: