Combining forces for Red Shield Appeal

On Saturday 18th May, the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music’s BlueScope Youth Orchestra (BSYO) will join forces with the Salvation Army Brass Band to present a community concert to celebrate and raise money for the 2024 Red Shield Appeal.

The concert will also be an opportunity to showcase the work of local programs supported by the Red Shield Appeal fundraiser, such as the Carinya Women and Children’s Service which provides crisis accommodation for women and children who are escaping domestic violence/and or homelessness.

Salvation Army’s Community Fundraiser and Public Relations Coordinator for the Illawarra Region, Karen Walker says: “The Salvation Army’s Carinya Service is totally funded by money raised through The Red Shield Appeal. Carinya provides a broad suite of programs to support women who have experienced or who are at risk of experiencing, family violence and homelessness. This service based in the Illawarra is an essential part of our local community.”

Other local programs to be supported includes:

The First Floor Program – a holistic, service that supports families & individuals in their recovery from substance use, mental health issues, grief and loss, and
The Red Shield Kids Holiday Program – which is run from the Wollongong Salvation Army Centre each year in the April School Holidays for children who are in need within our local community.

Both the Orchestra and Band will present a variety of music that will appeal to both young and old. The Brass Band will present a mix of traditional marches, big band, and reflective pieces, whilst the Orchestra will perform a selection of well-known classical pieces as the orchestra explores the theme of “Composers who became Legends”.

One of Inspire Music Australia’s Emerging Artists and WollCon’s 2023 Concerto winner Annabel Wouters will be performing Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto, while WollCon’s Powell String Orchestra will also perform a short 10-minute set.

“WollCon’s BlueScope Youth Orchestra is privileged to perform each year for the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.  The Orchestra is made up of talented young musicians who, along with WollCon, are committed to positive change through music.  I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate this than through the Orchestra’s participation in such an important and impactful appeal.”

David Francis

CEO, WollCon

Red Shield Appeal Poster

The concert on the 18th May begins at 6.30pm at the Wollongong Salvation Army, 11-13 Burelli Street Wollongong, with tickets ($5-$15) available at the door.

For supporters who would like to donate but are unable to attend the concert donations can be made at: wollongongsalvos.org.au/rsa


BlueScope Youth Orchestra is supported by the BlueScope Win Community Partnership Fund. We are grateful for their continued support.