COLLECTION TIME: Kerrie Edey, Mandy Didsman, Cpt Chris Millard and Miki Crosbie are encouraging people to donate to the Red Shield Appeal.
COLLECTION TIME: Kerrie Edey, Mandy Didsman, Cpt Chris Millard and Miki Crosbie are encouraging people to donate to the Red Shield Appeal. Mike Knott BUNRED

Donate to help in Salvo appeal

EACH year the Bundaberg branch of the Salvation Army helps change the lives of those in our community who need a helping hand for a multitude of reasons.

The Salvation Army is asking you to give up a few hours of your time to collect for the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock this weekend, and help to support people in need within the community and across Australia.

The Salvation Army's Bundaberg Captain Chris Millard said the generosity of the people of Bundaberg would help to ensure that the organisation could continue to support the vast number of people in need of social services.

"The residents of Bundaberg and Australians across the country can help us ensure that we reach our target of $10 million for this year's doorknock weekend," he said.

"Volunteers who are willing to spare a few hours to rally around the Bundaberg community are key to the Salvation Army reaching our goals and raising funds that go directly back into our programs and social services."

Salvation Army spokesman Major Bruce Harmer believes that Australians have never been in more need of basic assistance with issues such as food stress.

"Australia is going through a major economic transition and many families do face an uncertain future. Many people who have been well off in the past are now genuinely worried about their future," he said. "The Salvation Army can pick up families who fall on hard times and help with issues from drug, alcohol and gambling rehabilitation to food assistance, skills development and job placement.

"By giving just a few hours of your time, you can help us assist over one million Aussies in need this year."

To volunteer, be at 48 Targo St at 8am tomorrow or call 4151 3044 for more details.

To donate to the Red Shield Appeal, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or visit

http://www.salvos.org.au.