Dig deep for Salvos'
Monday, 16th May, 2011
Red Shield Appeal
By Kurtis Eichler
The local Salvation Army team will be asking locals to open their wallets and purses when they come door knocking at the end of the month.
The charity will be fundraising for the Red Shield Appeal, which runs from May 28 to 29, and the charity's Major Brenda Stace said they are still looking for collectors.
"There's never enough to cover the areas," she told the BDT.
"We've just got a lot of people who are happy to cook the barbecue, and a shortfall of door knockers."
She said the charity has enlisted the help of senior high school students to help fill the gaps.
"With child protection laws, we need year 11 and 12 students," she said.
Ms Stace said the branch was tasking the two high schools with the challenge to see which school could enlist the most collectors.
The winning school would then take ownership of the inaugural shield.
Last year the local branch of the charity raised more than $17,000, and Ms Stace said she hoped they could do better this year.
"It goes to funding our social programs such as addiction rehabilitation, domestic violence refuges and youth hopelessness."
Ms Stace explained that whatever is collected in the city doesn't stay here, but is added to a national fund which is then divided up between branches across the country.
"We end up getting far more back than what we collect here."
She said if people weren't going to be home over that weekend, donations could still be dropped off to the Salvation Army Family Store in Argent Street.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the charity's Major Kelvin Stace for information.