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Be a Souperhero 29 July–4 Aug

Be a Souperhero

After paying for accommodation, the average Salvation Army client lives on less than $17 a day. This needs to cover everything; groceries, bills, clothing, travel and school and medical costs.

This startling finding came from The Salvation Army’s annual Economic and Social Impact Survey which details the experiences of daily life for people visiting The Salvation Army for assistance. The survey also found that thousands of people in our community are forced to go without meals, heating and miss out on vital dental and medical treatment.

The findings birthed the idea of  the Be A Souperhero campaign; a chance for ordinary Australians to do something extraordinary for people doing it tough in our communities.

During Souperhero Week, which commences on 29 July we ask people to undertake a soup challenge for the week; from eating soup for every meal, to holding a soup lunch fundraiser at work. Each participant raises money which goes towards The Salvation Army’s work in supporting people experiencing crisis and financial difficulty through our community support services.

Why soup? Soup is the unsung hero for people struggling to make ends meet. With cheap ingredients, a humble batch of soup can satisfy hunger and provide nutrition for a whole family at very low cost.

One of our Souperheroes is Jonathan. He helps to run a community lunch at the Salvos in Rockingham and last year during the campaign he put on a soup lunch fundraiser. Jonathan knows first-hand what being hungry feels like. After a family breakdown, Jonathan lost his job and high-paying salary and became homeless. After more than two years living on the streets with his son, Jonathan made contact with the Salvos who helped him to rebuild his life. Today he is dedicating his life to helping others in crisis.

Be A Souperhero is a chance for the community to raise awareness of the plight and struggle of many Australians.

This is the third year of the campaign and you can find out more information at souperhero.org.au
Katherine Goswell

Brand and Marketing Manager | Public Relations Department

Prayer points

  • For people experiencing hardship in communities all across Australia who are unable to make ends meet and for families and individuals who struggle to even provide the basic necessities of life for themselves and their family.
  • That society will recognise the need and that the means for change will be put in place.

1 John 3:17

‘But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him, how can God’s love be within him?’