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Red Shield Appeal

About the Red Shield Appeal

Together, we can help over 1 million Australians this year.

The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army's primary annual fundraising drive. The Red Shield Appeal Doorknock takes place on the weekend of 24-25 May 2014, and it offers Australians from all walks of life a chance to not only get behind the Salvos but to be part of transforming the lives of people right around the country.

Our national goal this year is $79 million, and more importantly every dollar raised results in more people being helped. We are proud of our long track record of being one of Australia's most efficient charities, so you can be confident your support makes a genuine difference for those in need.

You can help by making a donation and by becoming a volunteer. The links and information on this page will help you find out how.


Your donation is vital in keeping our doors open and helping over 1 million Aussies every year. You can make a donation in the following ways:

  • Using our secure online donation form
  • Calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58)
  • And don’t forget, you can donate on the weekend of the doorknock.

Find out more about how your donation to the Red Shield Appeal helps transform lives.


Volunteer for the doorknock

One of main elements of the appeal is the national doorknock weekend on 24-25 May. It's a great opportunity for Australians everywhere to roll up their sleeves and be part of making a difference.

For more information on volunteering, or to sign up to be part of this year's doorknock, head to our Red Shield Appeal Doorknock information page.


History of the Appeal

The first Red Shield Appeal Doorknock was held in 1965 in response to concern about the need for funds to meet the ever-increasing demand on Salvation Army social services.

While the appeal has been expanded and refined enormously since that time, demand upon Salvation Army services continues to increase. Funds raised through the Red Shield Appeal each year are needed more than ever if the Salvos are to maintain their services in the local community.

While The Salvation Army is an international movement and one of the world's largest social service providers, donations to the Red Shield Appeal are always designated exclusively to support Australians.


Other info and resources

You can help us spread the word by printing the poster below and placing it on a noticeboard in your workplace or community group.

Right click on the link above and select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As".


Future Dates of the Doorknock

  • 2015: 30-31 May
  • 2016: 28-29 May
  • 2017: 27-28 May
  • 2018: 26-27 May
  • 2019: 25-26 May
  • 2020: 23-24 May