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Stan Walker with Captains Jenny and Marcus Collings

14 Apr | 2014

New Zealander Stan Walker, 2009 winner of national singing competition Australian Idol, has shown what a fan he is of The Salvation Army’s work by becoming an ambassador to the Army’s Red Shield and Christmas appeals.

Stan says he has always been a huge supporter of The Salvation Army, or ‘the Salvos’ as they are affectionately referred to in Australia.

‘They’re about bringing hope to people,’ he says. ‘That’s what I love about the Salvos - they do everything for people in need of help.’

Stan first decided to put his face behind what the Army is doing in Australia last year. And now he’s doing the same thing back home in New Zealand, withhis song ‘Freedom' - written specifically for The Salvation Army - the theme tune for this year’s Red Shield Appeal.

‘Everyone knows who the Salvos are but not really how much they actually do for the community,’ explains Stan.

‘I started to get to know them and had so much fun. I think the best thing for me was learning more about The Salvation Army, what they stand for, what they’re about and how they began.

‘I love it. They’re awesome as. They’re ruthless. They deal with some trippy stuff, eh. They’re strong people and selfless as. They’re helping people detox,they’re helping them recover, they’re helping people heal, they’re finding people at their lowest and helping them back up again.’

Stan is now a strong supporter of The Salvation Army’s appeals, urging donors, their friends and the wider public to jump on board with this year’s Red Shield Appeal.

‘Not because this is something that gets done every year, but because it actually makes a whole lot of difference in people’s lives. It just brings hope.’

Salvation Army Public Relations Director Shane Chisholm says it’s great to see a young Kiwi backing up the Army’s fundraising campaigns.

‘A major benefit of having Stan’s support is that he appeals to a different audience than our usual donors,’ Shane says. ‘This means word about our work is spreading among potential future supporters.’

Please donate to the Red Shield Appeal today - and give hope to those who need it most.

Ways to donate

You can also donate by:

  • Phoning 0800 53 00 00 to donate by credit card
  • Posting a cheque to The Salvation Army, PO Box 27001 Marion Square, Wellington 6141, New Zealand. Please specify your donation is for ‘Red Shield’.
  • Making a payment by internet banking. The Salvation Army bank account is BNZ 02 0568 0091726 00. Please enter 'Red Shield' under 'Particulars/Details' on your online payment form. To enable us to send you a donation receipt, please enter your supporter number (if known) in the 'Reference' field on your online payment form. If you are a current supporter of The Salvation Army, you'll find your 6 or 7-digit supporter number at the top right of any letter we send you. If you do not know your supporter number, email Public Relations with your details and we'll let you know the number.

​Thank you for helping Kiwis in need. View more about The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal 2014