TAP TO DONATE: Paul Prout, Guy Diven, Gordon Rhodes, Lindsay Howard-Smith, Ross O'Leary, Phil Kelly, Gerard Robinson and Lynne Deons with the new Salvos donation machine at Tweed Bowls Club.
TAP TO DONATE: Paul Prout, Guy Diven, Gordon Rhodes, Lindsay Howard-Smith, Ross O'Leary, Phil Kelly, Gerard Robinson and Lynne Deons with the new Salvos donation machine at Tweed Bowls Club. Scott Powick

Locals urged to help Salvation Army

THE gap between the haves and have-nots is getting bigger, according to The Salvation Army.

The organisation is urging locals to volunteer their time or donate during its Red Shield Appeal Doorknock during the May 27-28 weekend.

Statistics reveal that in a typical week, the Salvos provide 100,000 meals, 2000 beds for people experiencing homelessness, distributes up to 8000 grocery vouchers and provides refuge for 500 people fleeing abuse.

The Salvation Army's Gold Coast and Northern Rivers fundraising and public relations manager Rowan Johnstone says despite Australia being a wealthy country, the demand on services was greater than ever.

"People's lives can change so quickly. We are seeing all kinds of people who haven't needed our help before," he said.

"Some families are living off less than $17 a day after they have paid their rent. You can only imagine how much of a struggle that is.

"Many families are having trouble paying for basic necessities like electricity, gas and food."

Tweed Clubs Association has contributed $5000 to the appeal.

To volunteer for the Red Shield Doorknock weekend or to donate, phone 13 SALVOS (137 258) or register online at salvos.org.au/volunteer. You can also donate at any Westpac branch.


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