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Collectors wanted

Wednesday, 20th April, 2011

DOOR KNOCK: Salvation Army’s Major Kelvin Stace, with the new smock which will be used to identify collectors, is encouraging locals to volunteer for the Red Shield Appeal doorknock. DOOR KNOCK: Salvation Army’s Major Kelvin Stace, with the new smock which will be used to identify collectors, is encouraging locals to volunteer for the Red Shield Appeal doorknock.

The Salvation Army is calling for volunteer collectors for next month's national Red Shield Appeal doorknock.

The Salvation Army needs to reach a national doorknock goal of $10 million to maintain services in the year ahead.

Salvation Army Major Kelvin Stace said the money raised locally goes towards supporting local salvation army work and on a state-wide basis.

Major Stace said in previous years the doorknock, which will be held on May 28-29, has covered about 80 to 90 per cent of the city.

"If we don't get sufficient collectors it is not possible to cover the whole town," Major Stace said.

He said 120 to 150 collectors are needed this year.

"(If we had) 150 collectors (we) should be able to cover the whole town."

Major Stace said there was a lot of enthusiasm for last year's appeal. "(There was) a good, encouraging enthusiasm ... and a good encouraging number of school students," he said.

Money from the Red Shield Appeal will be donated to welfare work in Broken Hill. "Broken Hill people are significantly more willing to help than many city locations ... perhaps because (the) work of the Salvation Army is easier to see via Catherine Haven and Algate House."

To volunteer contact Major Kelvin Stace on 0407 005 468 or Major Brenda Stace on 0407 905 468.

Salvation Army Appeals Director, Major Jeff Winterburn said the Salvation Army's aim is to mobilise more than 100,000 collectors to knock on as many doors as possible.

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