Friday, 23rd May, 2014
By Emily Roberts
Organisers of this Sunday’s Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal are hoping to get enough volunteers to door-knock every house in Broken Hill.
Locals are being encouraged to support the Salvation Army’s biggest annual fundraiser, which will see an army of volunteers across the nation knock on doors and ask people to dig deep for the Salvos.
Chairman of the Broken Hill Red Shield Committee, Peter Keenan, said volunteers were still needed for the appeal on Sunday.
“I need 200 volunteers to cover 40 areas in Broken Hill,” he said.
“In each area, there are about 200 homes - so four volunteers in a group plus a designated driver would be enough to cover an area.
“Last year, we were only able to cover 23 areas - I am hoping we can do more this year.”
Mr Keenan said last year’s appeal raised $17,853.
“We send the money to Sydney and then we get it back ten fold for Salvation Army programs like the Algate House Community Centre and the Catherine Haven Women’s Refuge,” he said.
“We couldn’t run these projects without the funding we receive.”
Major Kelvin Stace, the manager of Salvation Army Social Programs in Broken Hill, said the city is fortunate to have two facilities which benefit directly from Red Shield funding.
“Algate House, where programs operate for persons with a mental or physical disability and Catherine Haven which is the only women’s refuge for some 300km,” Major Stace said.
“Both of these are Salvation Army run places which receive Red Shield funding significantly higher than what we collect in Broken Hill. Both facilities also receive government funding to keep them running.”
Major Kelvin said it is important to have the support of volunteers for the appeal.
“Broken Hill people are generous but to receive the full measure of their generosity we need to be able to knock on every door.”
The door knock will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm and will finish at Westpac Bank with a sausage sizzle for volunteers.
Volunteer door knockers will be identifiable with Salvation Army ribbons and tops.
“We used to run a telethon, but about 25 years ago it stopped and became a door knock appeal,” Mr Keenan said.
“We have some high school groups and a Sydney school, Methodist Ladies College, have offered to make up a group while they are having an excursion in the city.”
There will also be collection points all weekend at Centro Westside and BH Village.
“People will be able to make donations over the weekend,” Mr Keenan said.
“I encourage people to volunteer their time or make a donation.”
Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Anyone wanting to volunteer may call Peter Keenan on 8087 2354.
Alternatively, prospective volunteers can turn up at the Salvation Army Hall in Wolfram Street at 9am on Sunday.