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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (18 March) . . Page.. 462..

Early career teachers were commissioned in 2014, and they were recognised. They were Rebekah Brown, Rebecca Morris, Kristy Hogg, Simone Esposito, Kate Manning, Megan Daly, Nicole Knight, Bianca Gomez, Catherine Joy, Samantha Lopez-Crane, Toni Smith, Tim O'Brien, Danielle Logue, Matthew Aquilina, Marcus Amann, Alex Acworth, Peita-Claire Fothergill, Stephen Powell, Christiana Mickelburgh, Michaela O'Keefe, Kim-Ling Richardson, Cameron Beck, Melissa Ishihara, Maria Whiting, Samantha MacDonald, Natalie Bateman, Dominic Lenarduzzi, Sarah Brookes, Elizabeth Hair, Anthony Pitt, Morvern Dyer, Kelly Evans, Leonie Sullivan, Shaun Suridge, Brayden Longo, Sam McCombe, Kate Higgins, Sarah Canon, Stephanie Edlinger, Rachel Byles, Stephanie Koster, Sally Nicholson, Pamela Miller, Felicity Selseja, Desiree Disanayake, Kristy Lee Walker, Nicole Ptycia, Emily O'Rourke, Brittany Wood, Laura Pittard, Corrinne Dell, Chloe Geale, Katie Byrne, Amanda Cam, Amy Hazell, Bradley Brown, Naomi Beatty, Lauren Kelly, Ben Macintyre, Leonie Priest, Brendan Hague, Sheena Knight and Melissa Neitt. (Time expired.)

Salvation Army

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.55): I rise today to speak about the important work of the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal. Members would be aware of the Red Shield Appeal, which is the Salvation Army's primary fundraising activity. The Red Shield Appeal started in Australia in 1965 after the Salvation Army was concerned about the increasing need for funds to meet demands for its social services. The concept of involving community volunteers to help raise funds for the Salvation Army had been very successful in Canada since the late 1940s. Members of the Australian Salvation Army went to Canada during the early 60s to observe the Canadian system and came back to Australia with a vision for a revolutionary fundraising approach.

The new fundraising approach was based on key characteristics from the Canadian appeal, including involving community volunteers and a one-day residential doorknock. Another key characteristic of the new model was the use of citizens advisory boards, which involves the Salvation Army seeking advice and influence from well-connected business and community leaders to support the appeal. The term "red shield" refers to the well-recognised red shield emblem used by the Salvation Army chaplains and support workers.

The Salvation Army has used funds raised in the Red Shield Appeal to fund many highly effective social service programs. These programs include: the bridge program for drug, alcohol and gambling rehabilitation; the Salvo care line, the Salvation Army's 24-hour telephone counselling service; the money care financial counselling service; the oasis drop-in centres for homeless youth; and assistance during national disasters and other major crises.

This year the Red Shield Appeal doorknock will take place on the weekend of 24 and 25 May. The Salvation Army has set a national fundraising target of $79 million and will need 100,000 volunteers across the country to help collect donations in their local communities.

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