Jim Paredes encourages the Filipino Community to participate

20 January 2011, SYDNEY. Australians can now access hundreds of quality fashion and unique items from local Salvos Stores from around the country. Thanks to the launch of Salvos Stores online, the first Salvos Stores online shopping website.

Salvos Stores website www.salvos.org.au/stores also welcomes the introduction of the ‘Shopping with a Conscience’ campaign, which encourages Australians to shop at Salvos Stores online and in their local community, with the environment and community in mind. Items can be safely purchased with options for delivery.

The new Salvos Stores online store will also stock brand new items in response to consumer demand for quality goods at affordable prices. To celebrate the website launch, nationwide delivery will be free for all purchases made before 19 April 2011.

Musician and producer Jim Paredes is an ambassador of the ‘Shopping with a Conscience’ campaign. “The work that the Salvos do is important as people have the chance to both help and be helped. I have many good memories of volunteering in my life and I appreciate the work the Salvos do to make a difference to the lives of less privileged people.”

“I’m happy to be an ambassador for the Salvos Stores ‘Shopping with a Conscience’ campaign, knowing that usable things are not easily thrown away and that we can make a difference in our local communities. We may be living in a country away from ours, but our Filipino practice of Bayanihan is something we can still practice,” said Paredes.

Oscar and Ester Viola, also from the Filipino community, have been volunteering at the Seven Hills Salvos Store for three years since their retirement and call it their second home.

“Salvos Stores are very welcoming places with a warm family atmosphere, and also a great place to shop for everyday household essentials. As a retired couple, it is useless sitting at home twiddling our thumbs. We are privileged to be able to help new Australians settle in, having been in a similar position ourselves many years ago.

Salvos Stores General Manager Neville Barrett encourages all people to get behind the Salvos and start ‘Shopping with a Conscience’ to support the valuable work the Salvos do within their communities.

“100% of all Salvos Stores proceeds go towards helping our local communities. Each week the Salvos provide refuge to 500 victims of abuse, 8,000 food vouchers, relief for 500 people with drug, alcohol and gambling addictions and assistance to 1,000 people in finding employment.”

Salvos Stores stock a range of quality goods which now include a range of new products as well as pre-loved clothing, furniture, homewares, electrical, books, toys and manchester. Find your nearest Salvos Store by entering your postcode at: www.salvos.org.au/stores.