The Salvation Army in Gunnedah is urging the local community to get involved in this year’s Red Shield Appeal, which will raise vital funds to continue supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our region.

The Gunnedah Salvos have been helping those in need in Gunnedah since 1887, including 60 years of the Red Shield Appeal.

Peter and Sally Anne Hall from the Salvos are urging people to get behind this year’s 60th anniversary Red Shield Appeal in Gunnedah.

Across the country, the Salvos are aiming to raise $38 million for the Red Shield Appeal, which is Australia’s largest and longest-running door-knock appeal. In Gunnedah, the aim is to raise as much as possible to help out local people.

“Times are tough and it is a challenge for people to meet all their expenses every week,” Gunnedah Salvos corps and community leader Peter Hall says.

“We are seeing more people come through our doors every week, new families who have never done it this tough before, and people are feeling the pinch. We need your support to make a difference and give people a new beginning in Gunnedah. Even the smallest amount can make a difference.”

This year, a Red Shield Appeal committee that includes both Salvation Army representatives and local business and community representatives is urging people and businesses to challenge themselves to raise money.

“The Red Shield Appeal has been part of Gunnedah for 60 years and has given us so much to be grateful for,” Gunnedah shire mayor and Red Shield committee member Jamie Chaffey says.

“We’d love to see a bit of friendly rivalry between our businesses and organisations as they form teams and find fun ways to get involved. This could be through events such as morning teas, fun runs, special theme days at work or simple collections.

“It’s never been easier to form teams, share stories and donate with the local Red Shield Appeal by visiting or a simple phone call to our local Salvation Army.

“There is also always a need for volunteers to help join the Red Shield Appeal army. Grab a friend, some work colleagues or the entire family and join in this great cause.”

The Salvation Army Gunnedah Church has a Facebook page that will include local updates about the appeal. The Red Shield Appeal weekend is May 25 and 26, but there are many volunteering and fundraising opportunities throughout the months of April, May and June. Those who are able to give time, are asked to reach out to your local Salvos by visiting:

All funds raised locally will remain in the local community, with only 10 per cent required for administration purposes, allowing the Salvos to meet the specific needs of our Gunnedah community.

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