Salvos need our support
THE annual Red Shield Appeal is coming up on May 25 and 26, and the Ballina Salvation Army is calling on the community to give its support.
Lieutenant Wes Bust from the Ballina Corps said people in this region were very receptive to the Salvos.
"The Ballina community is very generous," he said.
"But at this time of year we will be asking for even more help, because the Red Shield Appeal is a very important fundraiser.
"It's already been a busy year for the Salvation Army in Ballina.
"There is a huge demand for our services, including the alcohol and other drugs counsellor."
Lieutenant Bust has only been in the Ballina Corps for a short while but said they had "hit the ground running".
He is looking forward to this year's Red Shield Appeal.
While volunteers will be out doorknocking over the weekend, the Salvos will also have a number of static points across the Ballina Shire and they will also visit sporting grounds and other busy locations to seek donations.
"We really want to thank the Ballina community for their support in the past and for the support that we know they will give in the future," he said.
"The only reason that we can do what we do in the community is because we work together as a community.
"The theme of this year's Red Shield Appeal is You and Me Together and I think that rings true for us here in Ballina.
"Together we can make a difference."
To volunteer or to make a donation, call 13SALVOS (13 72 58) or visit salvos.org.au