Footy fans kick in to support the Salvos

FOOTBALL fans once again kicked in to support the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal at the annual Red Game at KGV Oval on Saturday 20 May.

Now in its fourth year, the Red Game – where players swap their traditional Glenorchy socks for red ones – raises money and awareness for the Salvation Army’s biggest annual fundraiser.

Captain Brad Watson from the Salvation Army said the Tasmanian target was $236,000, which would go toward its annual target of $2 million for the state.

“The money raised in Tasmania stays in Tasmania to help out everything from drug and alcohol rehabilitation, our homelessness and parenting programs and our case work and emergency relief,” he said.

The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army’s signature fundraising drive which helps fund its vast network of social and community services.

Since 1965, the Salvos have appealed for community donations to ensure it can continue this important work giving hope where it is needed most.

Among those present at the game to lend support and cheer on the Magpies was Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer.

Ms Archer said the Glenorchy District Football Club members and players had been “absolute champions” at supporting the cause.

“It’s a concept they came up with to wear red socks for a game to support the Red Shield Appeal and Lauderdale’s participation this year was also greatly appreciated,” she said.

“As Chair of the Red Shield Appeal Moonah Corps, I’ve seen first-hand how vulnerable Tasmanians rely on the Salvation Army programs every day.

“Services range from providing shelter for the homeless, assisting families in crisis through practical support and financial counselling, to guiding people with addictions through to a clean, healthy lifestyle.”

This year’s Red Game raised more than $1000 for the Red Shield Appeal from gold coin donations at the gate.

Caption: Glenorchy Football Club’s Ben Kamaric, left, and Lauderdale Football Club’s Toutai Hav with Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and young helper Izzy Milkins show support for the Salvos during the annual Red Game at KGV Oval.

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