The Salvos need your help
Thursday, 27th May, 2010
Volunteer collectors are desperately needed for this weekend's Red Shield Appeal.
This year the Salvation Army hopes to raise $9.7 million nationally, but it will only happen if more people volunteer to door knock.
Peter Keenan, the chairman and door knock organiser of the local Red Shield Appeal, said this year things were not looking good.
"Some years I struggle to have volunteers," 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 only 13 areas have been covered."
Mr Keenan is hoping the schools will come to the Salvation Army's 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 $18,227.40 was raised in the door knock, while in total the city contributed $20,702.25.
"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 2010 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, Major Kelvin Stace from The Salvation Army on 8087 5114 or be at the Salvation Army Hall in Wolfram Street at 9.15am.
All donations are tax deductible.