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Keeno needs your help

Monday, 9th May, 2016

Chairman of the Red Shield Appeal Committee, Peter Keenan, is once again getting ready to door knock. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Chairman of the Red Shield Appeal Committee, Peter Keenan, is once again getting ready to door knock. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

It costs more than $700,000 every year to run Algate House and Catherine Haven locally, and the Red Shield Appeal helps to fund both of these facilities.

However the Appeal, which will run on May 29, is in desperate need of volunteers, according to chairman Peter Keenan.

The Red Shield Door Knock Appeal will run on Sunday, May 29 from 9.30, teams of collectors will door knock the streets asking for any donations.

“We will have static displays at the Westside Plaza and Coles from May 23 - 29 for anyone willing to make donations between the hours of 9am - 4pm,” Mr Keenan said.

“There will also be Eftpos machines available for use.”

Mr Keenan said last year $11,100 was raised through the door knock.

“This year, we are badly in need of collectors.

“We have broken the city into 40 areas and last year we only covered 19 and had about 70 collectors.

“We are hoping to increase that this year.

“The Appeal is really dependent on how many collectors we get.

“If you get a team of four you can easily cover an area and be finished before midday.”

Mr Keenan said there is normally a designated driver in each team and they look for about 200 collectors to cover the city.

“I am trying to organise the two high school to provide volunteers,” he said.

“They normally come on board.”

Mr Keenan said the money goes towards the Salvation Army’s Algate House and Catherine Haven.

“It takes a lot of money to run these facilities, it can cost over $400,000 to run Algate House per annum and $300,000 to run Catherine Haven, per annum.

“So whatever is donated - is a big help.

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

“It’s the only one within 300 kilometres.

“An additional service is available with the help of a financial capability program.”

Mr Keenan said the Salvation Army offers help daily.

“Lots of people go to the Salvation Army to ask for meals, vouchers, accommodation - every day.

“This is why we need volunteers, we need anyone who can walk and collect.

“All donation over $2 tax deductible and money can be donated at Westpac until the end of June.”

To sign up contact Mr Keenan or the Salvation Army Captain Paul Kurth.

“Anyone wanting to collect can contact me at the BDT on 8087 2354 or Captain Paul Kurth on 8087 5114.

“Leave a message and we will get back to you.”

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