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Major Mark and Major Cathryn Williamson from The Salvation Army in Grafton and Maclean, are encouraging the community to support the Red Shield Appeal this week. Image: Contributed.

Red Shield Appeal appealing for local support

Describing the Clarence Valley community as faithful and generous, Major Cathryn Williamson from The Salvation Army in Grafton and Maclean is encouraging locals to dig deep and support the Red Shield Appeal this weekend.

Now in its 56th year, the Red Shield Appeal aims to raise $32 million to fund over 2000 centres and services across Australia. In the Clarence Valley, The Salvos are aiming to raise $12000, with funds raised locally, staying local. “Last year, through the generous support of the community during the Red Shield Appeal, we were able to provide Christmas assistance including food and toys to over 150 families in the Clarence Valley, and the money raised this year will enable us to continue to provide this type of support,” Major Williamson said. “If you have the means, please consider donating to the Red Shield Appeal. “Your generosity and support will help us to do a bucket load of good as we endeavour to leave no one in need.”

This week collectors will be at Grafton Shopping World, Grafton Food Emporium, South Grafton Coles, Grafton Bunnings, Grafton McDonald’s, Maclean Spar, and Maclean IGA between 9 am and 5 pm, Thursday to Sunday. Donations can also be made through local Salvation Army stores at 26 Queen Street, Grafton, and 267 River Street, Maclean. Tax-deductible receipts are also available. Community members are also being encouraged to become digital doorknockers by creating an online fundraising page to raise money.

Please visit, create your personalized page and share it with your family, friends and fellow community members.