Andrew Bate and Major Steve Metcher gearing up for appeal day.
Andrew Bate and Major Steve Metcher gearing up for appeal day. Trevor Veale

Donate to Red Shield Appeal

THE Salvation Army needs your help.

This weekend is its annual Red Shield Appeal doorknock and the group need all hands on deck to ensure they make the whopping $9.7 million needed to maintain their services for people in need in the year ahead.

On the Coffs Coast alone, the Salvos are looking to raise $40,000 – up on their $32,000 last year.

Salvation Army Appeals Director, Major Jeff Winterburn, said although things seem to have improved economically, many Australians are still doing it tough.

“We need to reach our Appeal goals if we are to maintain our vital social programs in the year ahead,” Mr Winterburn said.

“Our aim is to mobilise more than 100,000 collectors to knock on as many doors as possible. It only takes two to three hours and we are encouraging people to form teams of four with a driver.

“Volunteering for the Salvos doorknock is very rewarding, knowing you are helping those less fortunate ... .”

Money raised this weekend will fund the organisation’s services for people in need, including providing crisis accommodation, support for families in need, employment services, addiction recovery support, emergency services, rural chaplaincy, aged care and telephone counselling.

The doorknock will take place on Saturday and Sunday. To volunteer call 6652 8777 or visit www.salvationarmy.org.au.



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