Red Shield Appeal calls for more volunteers

THE Salvation Army is once again gearing up for its annual Red Shield Appeal Doorknock and is calling on any volunteers willing to lend a hand.

The Red Shield Doorknock has been the organisation’s signature fundraising drive since 1965 and helps fund its vast network of social and community services.

But the Salvation Army said more volunteers were always needed in the Glenorchy municipality to work alongside inspirational Red Shield Appeal stalwarts, such as Olive Fall.

Ms Fall said she has been volunteering for approximately 70-years.

“I’m 78-years-old now and I still get a lot of joy attending Northgate Shopping Centre every second Thursday, greeting people with a smile and collecting for this incredibly worthy charity that has helped so many people in our community,” she said.

“I urge Tasmanians to volunteer some time to assist with collections in shopping centres, doorknocking in their suburb or to give generously when ‘The Salvos’ come knocking on their door in 2017.”

Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer said all donations to the appeal stayed in Tasmania.

“As Chair of the Red Shield Appeal Moonah Corps, I’ve seen firsthand how vulnerable Tasmanians rely on these programs everyday,” she said.

“Services range from providing shelter for the homeless, assisting families in crisis through practical support and financial counselling to guide people with addiction through to a clean, healthy lifestyle.”

Anyone interested in volunteering in the Glenorchy and Moonah areas are urged to phone 6278 1648 or register online at www.salvationarmy.org.au.

Donations can be made by calling 1300 SALVOS, at any Salvation Army store or online. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductable.

A ‘Red Game’ to raise money for the Red Shield Appeal will also be held on 20 May at KGV Oval, where community partners, the Glenorchy Magpies, will swap their usual black and white socks for red ones when they go up against the Lauderdale Bombers.

Donations can be made on entry to the ground.

Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer with Salvation Army members, from left, Brad Watkins, Olive Fall and Jeff Milkins.