Lt Lauren Kirkham and Major Andrew Walker. Photo; Andrew Perryman.

The 2019 Red Shield Appeal was launched last Wednesday at the Bendigo Market Place.

Amongst the launch guests was Mr Andrew Carlile whose first engagement with the Salvation Army was as a client.

Mr Carlile spoke on how he progressed from being a client to a key employee of the Salvos helping those in need.

The Salvation Army’s Major Andrew Walker, area officer for North West Victoria, emphasised the importance of the Red Shield Appeal saying it was the lifeblood of The Salvation Army.

“The Red Shield Appeal ensures that we can continue to keep our doors open, and support hundreds of thousands of Australians right across the country who are doing it tough,” Major Walker said.

The Red Shield Appeal Bendigo will culminate with the doorknock weekend on May 25-26.

Major Walker said the public’s support was needed now more than ever.

“Every day, the Salvos live, love and fight for the needs of our community,” he said.

“We can only do this because, year after year, Australians come together to give hope where it’s needed most. So please donate or volunteer for this year’s appeal because no one should go it alone.”

Bendigo Marketplace is a major supporter of the Red Shield Appeal.

The aim of the appeal this year is to raise $79 million across the country.

To donate or volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Appeal, please contact 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or online at salvationarmy.org.au; or in person at any Westpac branch or Salvos Stores or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.