SALVATION Army Lieutenant Colonel Donald Woodland will launch the Red Shield Appeal in Orange at an official lunch at the Orange City Bowling Club on Friday.
This year the Orange branch of the Salvation Army hopes to raise more than $30,000 at the launch.
Lieutenant Colonel Woodland will speak about his involvement in the Salvation Army, which has spanned 54 years and seen him placed at the scene of major incidents, including the massacre at Port Arthur.
The Red Shield Appeal is the Salvation Army’s largest annual fundraiser, with the Orange launch expected to attract around 130 people.
Lieutenant Colonel Woodland said it was important for the community to support the appeal.
“The Salvation Army provides people with three dimensions of support; the physical dimension, the emotional and also the spiritual,” he said.
“A person’s spirit is so often overlooked when they’re trying to rebuild their life after an incident.”
The funds collected during the Red Shield Appeal will go towards the Salvation Army’s social welfare programs, which Lieutenant Colonel Woodland says not only support the poor and homeless, but anyone who finds themselves in need.
Those in attendance at the launch will include business owners and school leaders, who will be encouraged to take the lead in donating to the appeal, and will also have the opportunity to participate in an auction, as well as listening to a testimony from someone who has experienced the Salvation Army’s social welfare programs.