RED SHIELD: Captain Jo Bulow, from the Salvation Army Dalby, encourages people to give generously to the Red Shield doorknock.
RED SHIELD: Captain Jo Bulow, from the Salvation Army Dalby, encourages people to give generously to the Red Shield doorknock. Sophie Volker

This knock knock will be no joke

THE GAP between low and high-income earners in Dalby is widening, according to the Salvation Army.

That's why the organisation has urged locals to get involved with its annual Red Shield doorknock on May 27-28.

Salvation Army communication and fundraising director Leigh Cleave says despite Australia being a wealthy country, the demand on Salvo services is greater than ever.

"As a country, we have never been richer; across the board, our standard of living continues to improve in almost every category,” Mrs Cleave said.

"But these gains and opportunities have not been distributed fairly, with millions of Australians living on the margins.”

Community groups in the region, including churches, scouts, guides, sporting groups, schools and workplaces, as well as anyone willing to lend a hand, are being urged to assist with Australia's largest doorknock.

Mrs Cleave said The Salvation Army relied on the community's continued support to achieve their ambition, an ambition that provides 100,000 meals, 2000 beds for people experiencing homelessness, 8000 grocery vouchers and a place of refuge for 500 people fleeing abuse.

"We like to think of Australia as the land of the "fair go”, but unless people are willing to go the extra mile to help those in need, this idea will become a relic of the past.

"By giving just a few hours of your time, you can make a meaningful difference to the lives of people doing it tough. You can give hope where it's needed most.”

To get involved visit www.salvos.org.au.


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