Knock knock, Salvation’s here

Majors Christine and Graham Longbottom from the Salvation Army at Bowral are gearing up for this year’s Doorknock Appeal. Photo by Bodhi Todd

LEND a hand and knock on a neighbour’s door this May.

The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to participate in this year’s Red Shield Doorknock Appeal.

This year will be the 50th year of the appeal, which aims to raise $9.5 million through this year’s door knocking efforts.

The Salvation Army provides around 100,000 meals for hungry people, 2000 beds for homeless people, helps 3000 elderly people with aged care services, provides refuge to 500 victims of abuse and distributes up to 8000 food vouchers.

The humanitarian services offered by the Salvos are designed to help put lives back together.

Salvation Army majors Christine and Graham Longbottom have been involved with the Southern Highlands branch of the Salvos for more than five years.

“It’s great to be involved with the fiftieth year of the Red Shield collection,” Mr Longbotom said.

“The Salvation Army has a long association with the military and service for this country, there were chaplains that served in the wars and as it’s also the 100th year of Anzacs it’s a really important year for us.”

Local schools are welcome to get involved in the Doorknock efforts, as Frensham and Moss Vale High School do each year.

“It’s great having the schools on board as we’re able to cover a much greater area,” Mrs Longbottom said.

“Frensham do a lot of Mittagong and Moss Vale High School covers a lot of their local area.”

“We’d love to have more schools on board.”

Mr Longbottom said volunteer door knockers were crucial to make the appeal a success.

“We really need door knockers or people who are able to spend some time taking donations over May 30 and 31,” he said.

“Anyone who will have a couple of hours free that weekend on either Saturday or Sunday can door knock, even if it’s just in their own area,” Mrs Longbottom said.

“People can select a street or a block they’d like to do and take responsibility of that particular area.”

Young people are welcome to become involved in the event, although it is recommended they do so with a family or school group.

“We are always grateful for the ongoing support and generosity of the community here as without it we wouldn’t be able to help people in need,” Mr Longbottom said.

Schools who would like to participate can get more information at salvos.org419论坛/redshield

To donate call 4861 3912, visit the Salvation Army website or make a donation at any Westpac branch.

To join the Red Shield Doorknock Appeal in the Southern Highlands, call the Bowral Salvation Army office on 4861 3912.

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