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More knockers needed

Thursday, 28th May, 2015

By Emily Roberts

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal is on this weekend and organisers are looking for more volunteers to help with the door knocking.

The Chairman of the local Salvation Army committee, Peter Keenan, said the appeal that last year they raised $18,300 in the city.

“We sent that to (head office in) Sydney and they gave use almost $180,000 in funding.”

Mr Keenan said that the money goes towards Algate House and Catherine Haven.

“Algate House provides programs for people with disabilities and Catherine Haven is a crisis refuge,” he said.

“It’s the only one within 300 kilometres.”

But time is running out to find volunteers.

“We still need collectors,” Mr Keenan said. “It starts at 9.30am and you can be done by 12.30pm at the latest.

“There are 40 areas to cover in town. Each area is about 10 blocks and needs a team of four people.”

Mr Keenan said now they only had enough volunteers to cover 15 areas.

Anyone wishing to collect should go to the Salvation Army Citadel in Wolfram Street at 9.15am on Sunday.

“We will designate areas in the city for the collectors,” Mr Keenan said.

“Last year we covered 23 areas and hopefully we can collect more than that this time.

“The local high schools always get groups together. We are hoping they can get more together this year.

“Every year it is getting harder to get volunteers.

“The Salvation Army look after and care for many in need.

“There are many people on the poverty line and there are more less fortunate than ourselves who are doing it tough.

“Locals are always happy to give to the Salvation Army but we badly need collectors.”

After the collecting is done, the volunteers can enjoy a sausage sizzle and drinks at the Westpac Bank.

There will also be static booths for donations at Coles Shopping Complex and Westside Plaza from now until Sunday.

Any donations over $2 are tax deductible and can also be made at the Westpac bank until the end of June.

The 2015 Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) report released recently showed that of the 2,406 people surveyed, on average they had just under $18 a day to live off.

That would need to cover expenses such as food, health, medical, clothing, education, entertainment and utility costs. 

The Salvation Army said it was “deeply disturbing” that respondents had just $125 per week to live off to fund everything after accommodation had been paid.

Lieutenant Philip Sutcliffe, based locally, said that the outcomes of this report reflected what was being seen by The Salvation Army in Broken Hill on a daily basis, and this was magnified due to our remote location and lack of availability of support services offered in larger cities.

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