Leave no one in need

Leave no one in need

COVID-19 has placed many Australians under extreme pressure with more people calling on Salvos services than ever before. Your Red Shield Appeal donation will help make sure they receive the support they need.

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So much is uncertain, but one thing we know: in the coming weeks and months, the Salvos will be needed by Australians like never before. As more people face hardship, isolation and the evils of domestic violence, we will give people the care they need.

That’s why this year’s Red Shield Appeal is more important than ever. Together, let’s leave no one in need.

Our Stories

When others need hope

The Red Shield Appeal gives hope to many who need it when the going gets tough.

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Safety and stability for a family in crisis

Andrea was faced with a terrible choice – living with domestic violence or experiencing homelessness, until support from the Salvos provided her with safety and stability.

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From military service to homelessness

Discharged from the military, Archie was stunned to find himself homeless. Being connected to a Salvos veteran support service was the first step in getting his life back on track.

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Salvos Family & Domestic Violence Services

Salvos FDV program regenerates hope by providing support to women and families facing domestic violence.

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Red Shield Appeal FAQ

The Red Shield Appeal is run over the months of April, May and June each year, with traditionally the national doorknock taking place on the last weekend in May.

This year, instead of doorknocking, the Red Shield Appeal will utilise online fundraising to ensure health guidelines and social distancing is observed.

The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army's signature fundraising drive which helps fund our vast network of social and community services.

The Red Shield Appeal began in 1965 and is promoted under our most recognisable symbol – the red shield. Each year, The Salvation Army appeals to the Australian community for donations to ensure we can give hope where it is needed most through our social welfare and community service programs.

Vulnerable Australians rely on these programs every day. Our services range from providing shelter for the homeless, assisting families in crisis through practical support and financial counselling, to guiding people with addictions through to a clean, healthy lifestyle.

The appeal kicks off with official launch events around the country where corporate and community leaders are invited to be our partners in mission.

You can donate to the Red Shield Appeal, or you can become a digital doorknocker by asking your friends and colleagues to donate.

More information on how to become a digital doorknocker will be available soon.

Red Shield Appeal funds help The Salvation Army deliver the following social services:

  • Family welfare assistance
  • Refuge for women and children in crisis
  • Homeless shelters
  • Youth drop-in centres and support programs
  • Emergency and disaster relief
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Disability programs
  • Employment services and training programs
  • Rural and outback chaplains
  • Court and prison chaplains
  • Chaplains to emergency service personnel

Using money raised through the Red Shield Appeal, across Australia, The Salvation Army provides*:

  • Accommodation for over 2000 people per night
  • Over 36,000 people assisted by homelessness services, by way of case management support
  • Over 100,000 people assisted with hospitality, in-kind and personal assistance in disaster affected situations by Salvation Army Emergency Services
  • Support to over 14,000 people by Financial Counsellors (Moneycare)
  • Over 27,000 significant contacts made by Chaplains
  • Support to over 3,000 by Aged Care services

*The Salvation Army Australia, Service and Mission Information System, July 2016 - June 2017

The Salvation Army acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters throughout Australia. We pay our respect to Elders and acknowledge their continuing relationship to this land and the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

The Salvation Army is a child safe organisation that is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of children and young people, and protecting them from harm.


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Gifts of $2 or more to the social work of The Salvation Army in Australia are tax deductible.Details and ABNs

Hope where it's needed most