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Red Shield appeals for volunteers

Monday, 20th May, 2019

Red Shield Appeal chairman Peter Keenan preparing for the appeal next weekend. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Red Shield Appeal chairman Peter Keenan preparing for the appeal next weekend. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

The Salvation Army is in desperate need of volunteers for the Red Shield Appeal after a quiet year.

Chairman of the Appeal, Peter Keenan, said last year they were only able to cover 13 areas and raise $7500.

“Normally we would cover most areas and we could raise almost $20,000,” Mr Keenan said.

He said all the money raised in Broken Hill stays in the city.

Along with the appeal on Sunday, May 26, there will be fundraising stalls at Coles and Westside Plaza for donations.

“Anyone who would like to collect can go to the hall behind the Salvation Army Citadel in Wolfram Street at 9am on the Sunday,” Mr Keenan said.

“We will give them an area to collect which normally takes about two hours with a team of four. Any individuals who want to come along are most welcome.”

Mr Keenan said they needed about 200 people to cover the 40 areas in Broken Hill that are mapped out for collection.

“Whatever we can get, we will be grateful. All our collectors will have a Salvation Army apron and an identification card.”

Mr Keenan said the Red Shield Appeal was a big fundraiser for the Salvation Army which provides a lot of support to locals.

“All the money that we raise goes towards the upkeep of Catherine Haven and Algate House which costs in the vacinity of $700,000 to run,”

“Both of those organisations are in huge demand at present with lots of people in need of help.”

Algate House provides services for those with disabilities and Catherine Haven is the city’s women’s refugee.

There will be a sausage sizzle afterwards at the Salvation Army Hall.

Mr Keenan suggested that the sporting clubs could get together and help with volunteers.

“If every club put forward a team, we would go a long way to having enough volunteers

“Lots of people go to the Salvation Army to ask for meals, vouchers, accommodation. This is why we need volunteers, we need anyone who can walk and collect.

“All donations over $2 are tax deductible and money can be donated at Westpac until the end of June.”

Anyone wanting to collect may contact Mr Keenan on 0402 809 132.

The donation stalls will be open from May 23 - 26.

Mr Keenan thanked Top End Meats, Blende Street Butchers, Schinella’s Friendly Grocer and McLeod’s Traditional Bakeries for donating towards the barbecue after the appeal.

WHAT: Red Shield Appeal

WHEN: Sunday, May 26, from 9am 

WHERE: Salvation Army Citadel

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