ActewAGL calls on corporate Canberra to get behind Salvos Red Shield Appeal

Friday 11 May 2012

ActewAGL is encouraging local businesses to get involved in this year’s Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

ActewAGL has supported the appeal for over 13 years through various initiatives including assisting with the Red Shield Appeal launch breakfast, hosting staff fund raising events and through its Workplace Giving program, which allows staff to donate money from their pay. ActewAGL employees are also encouraged to give their time by volunteering for the doorknock. ActewAGL is reminding local businesses that they too can do simple things to support the Red Shield Appeal.

ActewAGL Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs Paul Walshe said, “The Salvos do great work, offering support to those who are doing it tough in our community. But they rely on donations from the public and businesses to provide their services.”

ActewAGL staff member Kirsty Spence has doorknocked in the past and plans to help out with this year’s appeal. Kirsty said, “I really enjoy participating because it gives me the opportunity to meet and talk with different people. Doorknocking only takes a few hours out of your time and helps raise money for a great cause that benefits members of our community.”

The Salvation Army’s Captain Dale Murray said, “Each year, the generous support from local business and companies contribute to the appeal. These funds are used to help those in the community who are in need of shelter, clothing or a warm meal.”

The doorknock is in its 47th year and is a major fund raising initiative for the Salvos, which each year provides assistance to over one million Australians. The national target for the 2012 appeal is $81.5 million. To reach this target the Salvos need over 100,000 volunteers to help out on the doorknock weekend of Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May.

To make a tax deductible donation or to volunteer to be a doorknock collector on Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 May visit salvos.org.au

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Nicole Millwood
ActewAGL
Mobile: 0414 515 359