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Help them help us

Friday, 12th May, 2017

The Salvation Army’s Captain Paul Kurth (front) - along with Phil Dowling (from left), Karen Files and Trevor Paul - hopes this year’s appeal is a success. The Salvation Army’s Captain Paul Kurth (front) - along with Phil Dowling (from left), Karen Files and Trevor Paul - hopes this year’s appeal is a success.

By Michael Murphy

The Salvation Army is exploring new ways of raising money for its annual Red Shield Appeal, but it still needs to raise an army of volunteers to walk the city’s streets for the door-knock event.

Captain Paul Kurth says the appeal only raises a fraction of the cost of the many services the charity organisation provides to the city’s residents, but every cent counts.

“It’s vitally important,” Captain Kurth said yesterday.

“Any funds that we can raise go to the work of The Salvation Army, such as mental health, disability and homelessness services, budgeting services, and emergency relief - if people need a handout or some food, we can help there,” he said.

The Red Shield Appeal is on Sunday, May 28, this year. Volunteers with a few hours to door-knock set areas of the city can phone 8087 5114 to nominate before the big day. You can also just turn up if you prefer, between 8am and 9am at The Salvation Army’s 196 Wolfram Street property.

“You’ll get a kit and a map area,” Captain Kurth said. “We need as many volunteers as we can get ... many hands make light work as they say.”

People can also donate during the week before the door-knock at Coles Supermarket, Westside Plaza and Westpac Bank.

One of the innovative ways you can donate to this year’s appeal is by texting the word “Hill” to the phone number 1999 2769. When you do this, a $5 donation charge will appear on your mobile phone bill. You can text as many times as you like. For the full terms and conditions of this method of payment, go to salvos.org.au.

Last year the appeal raised $13,000. This year, they hope to reach $15,000.

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