The Salvation Army all year round has their National Red Shield Appeal, raising funds in order to meet the ever increasing budget for the services and programmes they provide to the community. This culminates in a major community Appeal in the form of the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock (this year 29 – 30 May).
During the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock, a huge effort is made by volunteers and members of The Salvation Army to knock on every door, in every town, every city and even country areas.
What is unique to South Australia however is the donut eating competition, which will be held beforehand on Wednesday, 26 May, 2010 in Rundle Mall. Previous years have seen the donut eating challenge held here in South Australia, but it is going to be bigger and better this year with the involvement of local media personalities, celebrities and iconic South Australians, all putting it on the line for the donut eating. They will be placed in teams and compete against each other, aiming to be the first team to complete the relay and thus eat all of the donuts.
Major Andrew Craib, Divisional Public Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in South Australia says, “The concept of the donut dates back to World War 1, whereby The Salvation Army sent Officers to France as Chaplains. Only having access to minimal supplies, but wanting to provide the soldiers with home cooking, The Salvation Army came up with idea of making donuts. Soldiers lined up patiently in the rain, waiting for a taste and subsequently, word went around about these donuts.”
So they say if you’re hungry and broke, you can get something to eat at The Salvation Army – a donut. The donut thus became a great symbol of The Salvation Army and their service to the homeless and those in need.
Major Craib says, “The donut eating competition is a fantastic way to bring attention to this great Appeal. It allows local South Australians to have a bit of fun and give up some of their time for a really good cause. But we mustn’t forget what this all about. The staff and volunteers at The Salvation Army do an amazing job, especially when it comes to the Red Shield Appeal and they need as much support as they can get.”
What: 2010 Salvation Army ‘Donut Day’
When: Wednesday, 26 May, 2010 12:00pm – 1.00pm (gather by 11.45am)
Where: Rundle Mall, Adelaide (under the canopy)
For more information, please visit their website: http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/home