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Time to dig deep

Saturday, 19th May, 2012

READY TO HELP: Thelma Stace will be collecting for the Red Shield Appeal tomorrow, but more volunteers are still needed for the fundraiser which helps people in Broken Hill. READY TO HELP: Thelma Stace will be collecting for the Red Shield Appeal tomorrow, but more volunteers are still needed for the fundraiser which helps people in Broken Hill.

A small army of doorknockers will be out in force this weekend to support the Salvation Army’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Red Shield Appeal.

The appeal will see volunteers across the nation, including Broken Hill, knocking on doors and asking everybody to dig deep for the Salvos.

Chairman of the Broken Hill Red Shield Committee, Peter Keenan, said volunteers were still needed for the appeal tomorrow. 

“The city has been split up in to 40 areas for volunteers to cover but to date only 13 areas have been covered,” Mr Keenan said.

Salvation Army Broken Hill Social Program Manager, Major Kelvin Stace, says historically the appeal has been well supported.

“Generally we have had very good support for the Red Shield Appeal,” Major Stace said.

Last year $17,586 was raised through the Red Shield Appeal in Broken Hill and hopes are high that more can be raised this year.

Mr Keenan said it took a lot of money to run the Salvation Army’s social programs in Broken Hill.

“All money raised goes to Salvation Army funds and comes back in welfare funding and to other services operated by the Salvation Army.

“Programs like the Algate House Community Centre and the Catherine Haven Women’s Refuge receive in the vicinity of $700,000 between them in government and Salvation Army funding.

“So as you can see, Broken Hill relies heavily on the Red Shield Appeal.”

He encouraged everybody to give as much as they could.

“Please give generously when an identified collector knocks at your door. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.”.

There will also be collection points all weekend at Centro Westside, outside Bakers Delight; on Sunday at the Patton Street Coles supermarket and during the week at the Argent Street Westpac branch. 

Nationwide, the Salvos are hoping to raise $100 million to fund critical services for people in need, such as the homeless, families in crisis, victims of domestic violence, people dealing with drug problems and those affected by natural disasters.

Anyone wanting to volunteer tomorrow may call Peter Keenan on 80872354 or Major Kelvin Stace on 0407005468.

Alternatively, prospective volunteers can turn up at the Salvation Army Hall in Wolfram Street at 9.15am tomorrow.

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