HELPING OUT: Bendigo Bank’s Tracey Thompson helps Salvation Army leaders Ben Johnson and Greg Pack collect for the Red Shield Appeal at Riverlink Shopping Centre.
HELPING OUT: Bendigo Bank’s Tracey Thompson helps Salvation Army leaders Ben Johnson and Greg Pack collect for the Red Shield Appeal at Riverlink Shopping Centre. David Nielsen

Time to repay the Salvos

THE Salvation Army needs your help more than ever this weekend as they try to meet the needs of a growing queue of unemployed needing their help.

Volunteers collecting for the Red Shield Appeal will be out in force this weekend knocking on doors, at sporting events and at Bunnings stores and all major shopping centres throughout Ipswich.

Ipswich Corps Group Captain Greg Pack said rising bills and growing unemployment and under-employment in the Ipswich region was the worst he had seen in a number of years.

"We are seeing a lot of people who are not so much generational, but situational unemployment. They have had their hours of work cut back, loss of jobs, just not enough dollars to get by," he said. "We are seeing a good increase unfortunately in people needing assistance and not being able to control their financial burdens.

"We are going out more into shopping centres this year and hardware stores and sporting events throughout Ipswich during the Appeal period so we can connect with the community.

We know people are hurting, even if they put a dollar in that is a lot with Ipswich's population."

Ipswich and Bundamba Salvation Army raised more than $35,000 in last year's Red Shield Appeal and hope to better that this year.

The funds help the Salvation Army deliver programs such as local financial support and its drug and alcohol program Moonyah at Red Hill which helps many local people turn their lives around.

Volunteers are meeting at Ipswich Salvos at 8.30am on Saturday at Cnr South and Ellenborough Sts and Bundamba Salvos at 9am on Saturday and Sunday at the Cnr of Brisbane Rd and Coal St.

For more information contact Ipswich Salvos on 3812 3117 or 0422 114 573 or Bundamba Salvos on 3282 2714 or 0412 553 116.