RED SHIELD APPEAL: Your chance to change lives

Kevin Mack launches the Red Shield Appeal in Dean Street yesterday with Ian Elston, Salvation Army Band musician Rhys McKee and Salvation Army northern Victoria divisional and fund-raiser secretary Andrew Van Gaalen. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

Kevin Mack launches the Red Shield Appeal in Dean Street yesterday with Ian Elston, Salvation Army Band musician Rhys McKee and Salvation Army northern Victoria divisional and fund-raiser secretary Andrew Van Gaalen. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

WOMEN and children are trapped in domestic violence.

Others are drowning themselves in alcohol or are addicted to drugs.

But there is always healing and hope.

The Salvation Army launched its Red Shield Appeal at the weekend in Albury and told people about the difference they could make to somebody’s life in just two hours.

Wodonga resident Ian Elston was also recognised with an award for his 30 years of dedication to the cause.

He first got involved through Wodonga Rotary Central.

“I just never stopped,” he said.

“I’ll never be rich but I’ll always have a roof over my head and food in my belly so whatever support I can give to those less fortunate I’m only too happy to do it.”

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Albury mayor Kevin Mack also backed the cause and said he understood the importance of Salvation Army’s work through his personal experiences in the police force.

“We’ve seen women who have suffered from domestic violence and needed emergency accommodation,” he said.

“We’ve been able to access services and it is extremely important to us and those affected by domestic trauma.

“The Salvos are always there when needed most.”

Northern Victoria divisional communication and fund-raising secretary Captain Andrew van Gaalen said about 45,000 young Australians did not have a bed to sleep in every night.

“The Red Shield Appeal helps those who are fractured,” he said.

“We don’t have enough volunteers and we are asking for more.”

The Red Shield appeal is on May 24 and 25.

Anybody wanting to volunteer should call 13 SALVOS or visit www.salvationarmy.org.au.

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