Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Salvos Lunch Launches Appeal To Help Struggling Locals

The Salvation Army is urging everyone to get involved in this year’s Red Shield Appeal, with funds raised locally staying local to support community services and programs in Mackay.

The Mackay Corps hosted a lunch last Friday, inviting the business community to come together and hear about the work of the Salvation Army and to help invest into the community.

The event is the local charity’s major fundraiser of the year, seeking contributions to assist in funding programs like welfare programs, a community support worker, community lunches, community support and a pantry for those in need.

“We’re also looking at what the future holds, so today’s about helping the Salvos explore what needs to happen in the community into the future as well,” said Mackay Salvos Corps Officer Auxiliary Lieutenant David Dobbie.

“We can’t do what we do without the community and the generosity of community and business partners.”

Keynote speaker and Mackay rugby league legend Renae Kunst was honoured to be invited to speak, discussing her journey, the hurdles she overcame as a woman in sport and the positive contribution that sport can make on society.

Her role with Queensland Rugby League embeds her in the community, giving back to a community and a sport that she says has given so much to her.

“I’m passionate about community and anything I can do to advocate for the wonderful work the Salvos do, I’m happy to be a part of,” Ms Kunst said.

“I think it’s important to acknowledge that we’ve got plenty of people who struggle in our community and collectively, we need to work together as a community to assist in any way we can.”

To donate or volunteer for The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal, or if you need support from The Salvos, visit or call 13 SALVOS.

You can also donate at any Salvos Store or scan the QR code.

Mackay Salvos Corps Officer Auxiliary Lieutenant David Dobbie, Chair of the Red Shield Appeal Mackay Launch Event Cathy Sullivan and Corps Officer Auxiliary Lieutenant Belinda Dobbie. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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