Salvation Army Sunraysia is beginning its Red Shield Appeal, raising funds to help its continuing social welfare and community service programs.

The Mildura corps is calling on the public to get involved in the fundraising, which will be put towards helping anyone in need, ultimately benefiting the community.

“The Salvation Army Sunraysia assist families in crisis through practical support and financial counselling, and also guides people with addictions through to a clean, healthy lifestyle,” corps officer Debbie Serojales said.

“A Red Shield Appeal donation can help make sure the Salvos are there for anyone who needs care and support.”

The Mildura South Primary School just recently jumped on board, providing a big boost to the appeal.

The school will host a Red Day during May, where students and staff will wear red and make donations, which will go towards helping local people in need.

Corps officer Debbie Serojales is hoping this initiative will be followed by the rest of Mildura’s schools.

“We are so grateful for Mildura South Primary School helping out,” she said.

“Invitations have been sent to all schools to take up this challenge and help us to raise as much money as possible so we can continue to serve those in our community who are facing difficulties in this challenging time.”

Salvos are also launching a digital campaign which individuals, schools and businesses can get involved in by visiting the Salvation Army Sunraysia Facebook page and clicking on the profile picture which will link them to their own fundraising page setup.

Anyone who is able to give two to three hours of their time to volunteer and collect at a community point such as a local supermarket can call 5023 1647.

“The Red Shield Appeal is our signature fundraising drive,” Debbie Serojales said.

“All help is greatly appreciated.”