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Can you lend Salvos a hand?

Wednesday, 20th May, 2009

Organisers of this weekend's Red Shield Appeal door knock say they desperately need volunteer collectors.

This year's national Salvation Army appeal hopes to raise $9 million to maintain services, but that won't be possible if there is no one to door knock.

Door knock organiser and chairman of the local Red Shield Appeal, Peter Keenan, said this year they needed collectors more than ever. "I don't know why we don't have volunteers this year. Some years I struggle," he said. "This year I've had two people respond to ads in the paper. We need them now more than ever. "At the moment I've got 40 areas to cover in Broken Hill and I only have 13 areas covered. "I am hoping the schools will come to our assistance. "But there are 27 areas we haven't covered. We need at least another 150 door knockers." Locals have been taking part in the door knock for more than 20 years. Last year Mr Keenan said $17,400 was raised in th edor knock, while in total the city contributed $23,500. "All the money we raise stays in Broken Hill to help run the Salvation Army in town to help with Algate House and its facilities," he said. "The national appeal then supplements our efforts with up to $50,000 so our local services can run." The money also helps provide crisis support accommodation, youth support, employment services, addiction recovery and emergency services. Mr Keenan said collectors would be clearly identified with 2009 identification tags around their necks and would carry receipt books in white plastic bags showing The Salvation Army shield. Anyone who can help on Sunday from 9.30am is asked to contact Mr Keenan on 8087 2354 or Captain Mark Wheatley from The Salvation Army on 8087 5114. All donations are tax deductible.

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