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Free on Sunday?

Friday, 27th May, 2016

The Salvation Army’s Captain Paul Kurth in the attire that will be worn by Red Shield Appeal volunteers on Sunday. PICTURE: Emily Roberts The Salvation Army’s Captain Paul Kurth in the attire that will be worn by Red Shield Appeal volunteers on Sunday. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

The Salvation Army needs at least 100 more volunteers in the city for the Red Shield Appeal.

The Appeal is on Sunday and organisers are in desperate need of volunteers to help with the doorknock.

Chairman Peter Keenan said anyone wanting to volunteer was more than welcome.

“We still need more volunteers,” he said. “We need over 100 volunteers. 

“Anyone can volunteer. They can just turn up to the Salvation Army Hall at the back of the Citadel on Sunday at 9.15am.”

Mr Keenan said once registered, they will be given an area to cover.

“Ideally, four people would make up a team, but you can still do it with two people,” he said.

“If you start at 9.30am you can be finished around midday.

“We have 40 areas that need to be covered and at the moment we’re only covering about 12.”

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

“All the money donated goes back into the city - it goes towards the Salvation Army’s Algate House and Catherine Haven.

“Algate House provides services for those with disabilities and Catherine Haven is the city’s women’s refugee.

“These services are always in use. 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.”

There are also static displays at the Westside Plaza and Coles for anyone willing to make donations between 9am and 4pm.

Mr Keenan said the Salvation Army offers help every day.

“Lots of people go to the Salvation Army to ask for meals, vouchers, accommodation. This is why we need volunteers, we need anyone who can walk and collect.

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

You can also text “HILL” to 1999 2769 and it will donate $5 to the Red Shield Appeal.

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

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