Be a driving force: call to arms for Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: Salvos volunteers George Godkin, Tony Rodd, Geoff Bargwana, Greg Saunders, Kath Elledge, Angeline Shoveller holding Francesca Shoveller and Karen Saunders. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: Salvos volunteers George Godkin, Tony Rodd, Geoff Bargwana, Greg Saunders, Kath Elledge, Angeline Shoveller holding Francesca Shoveller and Karen Saunders. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

AHEAD of Sunday’s annual Red Shield Appeal, Salvation Army major Greg Saunders is eyeing off more volunteer drivers to help the organisation reach its goals.

Mr Saunders says the Salvos are hoping to knock on every door in Orange on Sunday in a bid to help the eastern states and territories reach the magic $5 million mark, and should have the volunteer numbers to do so.

Students provide the bulk of volunteer door knockers, but it’s the drivers who Mr Saunders is hoping will help contribute to the 2014 appeal.

“Our goal is to knock on every door in Orange,” he reiterated.

“We can’t do any better than that. If we do that we’re fine. I think the eastern states and territories total is something like $5.1 million.

“At this point though, we’re about 50 per cent short on our drivers. That’s adult collectors who can be a team captain. 

“What we’re asking people to do, if you can come and help, come to the Salvation Army in your district between 8.30am and 9am to register.”

The Salvation Army’s primary annual fundraising drive, the Red Shield Appeal offers Australians the chance to get behind the Salvos and help transform the lives of people right around the country.

In Orange alone, last year’s doorknock volunteer numbers reached 400. Mr Saunders was anticipating an increase on Sunday.

“We need almost 500 this year because we cover Orange, Molong, Blayney, Canowindra and everywhere in between. 

Mr Saunders said volunteer drivers will be needed for between two and three hours in the morning. Those who donate should ask for a receipt from the doorknock volunteers on Sunday.

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