Do you know the origin of Self-Denial Appeal?

The Self-Denial Appeal started in 1886 when General William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army (the Army), called Salvationists to give sacrificially and deny themselves for sharing the Gospel and offering God’s love to a hurting world. Officer of the Army, Major Commissioner John Carleton, then thought of saving three pence every night by going without raisin pudding after dinner, which would save fifty shillings for a year to support the Army’s overseas work.

This year, the annual event of Self-Denial Appeal will be held between May and July. Donations will contribute to the International Self-Denial Fund and Mainland China Ministries.


Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices. (Hebrews 13:16)

The theme of this year’s Self-Denial Appeal is ‘Doing Our Utmost’. Let’s uphold the spirit of General William Booth and follow Commissioner John Carleton’s selfless action in making every effort to enlighten the life of others. From now on, dedicate every cent we save and bring God’s love and blessings to people in need, improving the lives of millions through the love of Jesus.

Activity Date
Self-Denial Appeal Donation May to July
‘Doing Our Utmost’ Walkathon (Physical Activity) 1 May 2023 (Mon)
Self-Denial Altar Service 7 July 2023 (Fri)
‘Doing Our Utmost’ Walkathon

Each year, the Self-Denial Walkathon attracts over 1,300 participants from the Army’s Corps, schools and units. This year, the ‘Doing Our Utmost’ Walkathon will be held physically on 1 May 2023 at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park. As the park has pet friendly areas, members from different units could bring their lovely pets and raise funds for the International Self-Denial Fund and Mainland China Ministries.

Event Details

Date : 1 May 2023 (Monday, Public Holiday)

Time: 10:00am – 12:00nn

Venue: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

Format: Route for walk (50-min walk)

Minimum Donation Amount
Adult (Age 18 or above) $150
Elderly (Age 65 or above) $70
Child & Teenager (Age 3–17) $70
Infant (Age 2 or below) Waived
Pet Waived

Event Procedure



A complimentary souvenir will be given to all participants who complete the challenge. In recognition of the enthusiastic involvement of all participating units and individuals, we are giving out two special awards per category (individual participants, corps, schools, units, departments) – ‘The Highest Fundraising Amount Award’ (including Self-Denial and Walkathon fundraising amount) and ‘The Most Outstanding Participation Award’.