Canberra United will use their opening home game to raise money for thousands of Australians affected by the devastating bushfires raging in New South Wales and Queensland.
Salvation Army volunteers will be accepting donations from fans during Canberra United’s Westfield W-League match against Perth Glory at McKellar Park this Sunday afternoon.
The Salvation Army has deployed relief teams to New South Wales and Queensland to provide food and water, along with emotional and practical support, to emergency services personnel and displaced people as they arrive at evacuation centres.
To support those on the ground, Salvos has launched their Bushfire Disaster Appeal, setting a $3 million target to help those affected by the fires.
Salvation Army spokesperson Major Bruce Harmer said Salvos is ready to support families for the long haul.
“What is unfolding across New South Wales and Queensland is unprecedented,” Major Harmer said. “These communities are going to need our support.
“Australians are well known for standing together in times of hardship. Now is such a time.”
Canberra United Head Coach Heather Garriock said it was a great initiative for the club to support.
“While we are playing football on Sunday afternoon, many people are fighting for their homes or even their lives,” Garriock said.
“Any small donation the club and our fans donate will go a long way to helping these communities get their life back on track.”
Volunteers will be collecting donations from the Canberra United faithful during United’s opening Westfield W-League clash against Perth Glory at McKellar Park this Sunday, 17th November. Gates open at 3pm.
To donate to The Salvation Army Bushfire Disaster Appeal, head to the Salvation Army website or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).