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Salvos needs you

Tuesday, 5th May, 2015

Lieutenant Donna Sutcliffe is calling for volunteers to help with the 50th Red Shield Appeal in Broken Hill on Sunday, May 31. Lieutenant Donna Sutcliffe is calling for volunteers to help with the 50th Red Shield Appeal in Broken Hill on Sunday, May 31.

As The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal hits a big milestone this year - 50 years of the Red Shield Doorknock - the Salvos are asking people in Broken Hill to spare just a few hours to help.

The Salvos say the need for funds has never been more desperate. Figures show they help more than one million disadvantaged people each year including the hungry, homeless, abandoned or abused.  That’s one person every 31 seconds.

Lieutenant Donna Sutcliffe, from the Broken Hill Salvation Army, said many people fall on hard times, and for many others crisis may be just one pay cheque away.

Volunteers are urgently needed to lend a hand with this year’s doorknock.

“We need drivers, people to help run our counting houses and to volunteer at our community collection points,” said Lieutenant Sutcliffe.

“There are many practical ideas on our website and it is easy for schools or groups to get involved and help Australians in need.

“We’d urge all schools and their teachers to consider that this can be a very rewarding and enjoyable exercise to be involved in.

“Giving just a few hours to volunteer for the doorknock is a very powerful gesture that can positively impact the lives of many disadvantaged people.”

To volunteer, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au/volunteer.

Schools wanting to know more should visit salvos.org.au/redshield.

People may also wish to donate to the appeal by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), online at salvos.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch or by posting a cheque to Reply Paid 87088 Silverwater NSW 2128.

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