Salvo’s Last Call ~ Give Like the Smiths

Filed under Charity & Non-profit, News ~ by Press on  30 Jun 2020

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith AC and wife Pip have doubled their regular $25,000 annual gift to the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal to $50,000.

In a special video made for The Salvos Red Shield Appeal, Dick said,

Pip and I are going to double our donation this year, because never before have The Salvos been so needed.”

Alongside Dick and Pip Smith’s commitment to the Red Shield Appeal are Nicola and Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo foundation with a gift of $500,000, Chemist Warehouse with $300,000 (after a $1.2 million donation to The Salvos’ Bushfire Appeal), and more than $150,000 from the Bank of America.

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal hopes to reach $35 million dollars by the end of today (June 30) to sustain their more than 2,000 services to Australia’s vulnerable for another year.

After the onset of COVID-19 forced the local Doorknock to go digital, The Salvos are encouraging Australians families, businesses and companies who can, to donate online by midnight tonight.

It is not too late to donate to this year’s Appeal. As the financial year ends, it is a great opportunity for individuals and businesses to make tax deductible donations, whilst supporting vulnerable Aussies at this unprecedented time,” says The Salvation Army’s Major Bruce Harmer.

The Salvos would like to thank the public for their incredible generosity, so far. We acknowledge that it has been a tough year for many with the ongoing drought, devastating bushfires and now with COVID-19. However, in spite of this, we have seen the true-blue Aussie spirit of mateship and phenomenal generosity. On behalf of those we assist every day, thank you!”

Australians are facing an economic and social crisis unlike anything witnessed in recent decades, with The Salvation Army preparing to provide hardship support on an unprecedented scale in the months to come.

Over the past year, The Salvation Army provided more than 1 million sessions of care to Australians in need; helped 46,000 people experiencing homelessness, provided financial counselling to more than 65,000, offered care to 13,000 people who were coping with family violence and served 500,000 meals and refreshments to first responders and displaced people during the recent Bushfire crisis. *

Donate at or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or use the donation button at Woolworths checkouts.


New South Wales
  • At Sydney Streetlevel Mission in Surry Hills, they have seen a 60% increase in demand for their meal services due to COVID-19, where they now provide 80 takeaway lunches every day.
  • At Liverpool Salvos, they have been serving 250 meals per week, which is up by 130.
  • The demand for Emergency Relief services (Liverpool Salvos) has also increased by 60% to 240 people per week.
  • At Project 614 in Melbourne, they are seeing demand for their Emergency Relief program tripled due to COVID-19.
  • The service typically sees 30 people per day, but now are seeing more than 90. They have also had people presenting to their service who have never reached out before.
  • They have helped 216 of the city’s homeless off the streets and into hotel accommodation.
South Australia
  • The Salvation Army are currently seeing new demographics of people presenting to their services, with some people from more affluent suburbs coming to them for help after losing their job due to COVID-19.
  • Many Salvation Army centres, including Noarlunga Salvos Corps are still operating and providing essential services to those in need within their community.
  • With Covid 19, The Salvation Army’s Brisbane Streetlevel Mission has remained operating in order to providing essential services to those in need. The service has adjusted its services to now include takeaway meals and to provide essential grocery items. and are
  • Brisbane Streetlevel is anticipating great need in the coming months due to the impact of COVID-19.
  • Their Doorways services are still operating and providing essential support to those in desperate need within their community and are anticipating great need to come in the coming months.
  • The Salvos Doorways service is purchasing and delivering food hampers right across the state, to support the elderly, those with disabilities or illnesses and other people currently in isolation as a result of the pandemic. Product is being bought locally to support local businesses.
Australian Capital Territory
  • The Salvation Army’s Recovery Services in Canberra are running at full capacity at the moment, providing essential rehabilitation services to those in their community struggling with alcohol, other drug and gambling issues.
  • They are anticipating great need to come in the next few months for their services due to the impact of COVID-19.
Western Australia

· The Salvation Army’s homelessness services, including The Beacon facility, has seen a steady increase in those seeking emergency accommodation since the beginning of the year. In April, demand peaked at The Beacon, with a 30% increase in admissions to the service – this was attributed to Covid-19 pandemic.

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