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Major Cathryn Williamson from The Salvation Army in Grafton is grateful to communities throughout the Clarence Valley for their support of The Red Shield Appeal each year, and she is calling on locals to give generously again in 2022. Image: Emma Pritchard

Appealing for local support

The Red Shield Appeal, now in its 57th year, is The Salvation Army’s flagship fundraising event.

In the Clarence Valley, The Salvos are aiming to raise $10000, with funds raised locally staying local.

After a few tough years, communities are still feeling the impacts of multiple disasters, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Major Cathryn Williamson from the Grafton Salvation Army is extremely grateful to the Clarence Valley communities who have always rallied together and supported The Red Shield Appeal.

“This year is no different,” she said.

“We are aiming to raise funds to ensure that we can continue to support those who have felt the devastating impacts of the past couple of years.

“Last year, through the generous support of the communities during the Red Shield Appeal, we were able to provide Christmas assistance including food and toys to over 150 families in the Clarence Valley.

“The money raised this year will enable us to continue to provide this type of assistance.”

Collectors will be at Grafton Shoppingworld, Grafton Food Emporium, and South Grafton Coles between May 23 – 29, while volunteers will be looking after the Bunnings BBQs on May 29 and June 4.

Donations can also be made at the Salvation Army family store in Grafton, located at 26 Queen Street, and the Salvation Army family store in Maclean, located at 267 River Street.

Tax deductible receipts are also available.

The Salvos are also encouraging community members to become digital doorknockers by creating an online fundraising page to raise money for their local Salvation Army.

To become a Digital Doorknocker, please visit, create your personalised page (supporting your local Salvos) and share it with your family, friends and fellow community members.

Each year, through The Salvation Army’s nationwide network of services, someone is assisted every 17 seconds.

Three people are supported every minute, and 1 million occasions of care to those in need are provided.

Approximately 887500 crisis beds are provided to people experiencing homelessness, and almost $100 million worth of financial assistance to people doing it tough.

Major Williamson said The Salvos cannot continue to do the work they do without the generosity of the public.

“If you have the means, please consider donating to the Red Shield Appeal,” she said.

“Your generosity and support will help us as we endeavour to leave no one in need.”