ROCHESTER is set to turn red for the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.
Shops in Rochester are encouraged to turn red from today until May 24 as the Rochester Salvos collect for the appeal.
Funds raised through the appeal fund the work of the Salvation Army throughout Australia, where they seek to bring hope where it’s needed most.
This includes homeless services, family violence support, and alcohol and other drug dependency programs.
In Rochester, the Salvos run an emergency relief service has supported 239 people from our community in the past year.
Much of the assistance given has ensured local families have food to eat, but assistance has been given as needed in areas of utilities, accommodation, school fees, and liaising with various agencies to help get people back on track.
In 2017, Rochester supported the Red Shield Appeal by donating about $4700.
This year, it hopes to pass the $5000 mark.
Rochester Salvos Lieutenant Ben Clapton encouraged the town to continue giving generously.
“We’re looking forward to seeing Rochester turn red for three days, and we thank the Rochester Business Network for supporting us,” he said.
Rochester Business Network president Glenda Nichol said she hoped the town got behind the appeal.
“Country people are well known for their generosity. Businesses are encouraged to paint the town red in support of the appeal and I wish everyone a very successful event,” she said.
The Salvation Army will also be collecting in Elmore on May 22 to 24 and in Lockington and Goornong on May 26.
There will also be a blanket collection at half time during Rochester’s home game against Kyabram on May 27, as well as some areas being doorknocked.
If you would like to volunteer to help collect, contact Lt Clapton on 5484 1364.