Volunteers needed for Salvation Army’s 2018 Red Shield Appeal in Inverell

Major Kaye Townsend with volunteer Sallyan Iskov outside the Salvation Army family store in Otho Street.
Major Kaye Townsend with volunteer Sallyan Iskov outside the Salvation Army family store in Otho Street.

Volunteers are needed to ensure the success of Inverell Salvation Army’s annual Red Shield Appeal.

From May 21-27 there will be a number of static points around town to raise money for the appeal.

However, major Kaye Townsend hoped volunteers throughout the community would lend a hand to man the points through the week.

“We’re hoping to have static points at Big W, Woolworths, Bunnings, McDonalds and out the front of the family store running Monday to Sunday from 9am until 3pm.”

Kaye suggested a husband and wife duo may like to volunteer for half a day, or two friends which she said would be a huge help.

With many hands making light work, the more volunteers on board this year, the easier it will be.

“Volunteers can either register online at salvos.org.au, call 13 72 58 or ring the family store in Otho Street on 6722 3008,” she said.

Each year the Red Shield Appeal is held nation-wide to collect funds for the Salvation Army in their aim to help others.

“Within the Salvation Army we help people with drug, alcohol and gambling problems, rehabilitation centres and aged care facilities.

“We give out food, assist people with welfare and much, much more,” she said.

Nationally Salvation Army have set a target to raise $7.5 million over the weekend of May 26 and 27.

“Australians are very generous and this can be their way of contributing. We have the ground work to help people but we don’t always have the funds,” she said.

Kaye said every donation allowed the Salvation Army to assist more people than what they thought possible.

Inverell’s Salvation Army store in Otho Street sells everything including, sometimes, the kitchen sink.

“We have furniture, baby furniture, videos, DVDs, clothes, household goods, crockery, electrical goods and the list continues. We also have hire gophers for people who struggle to walk long distances.

“We have a lot of people from other towns who come in and hire them for the day whilst in town,” she said.

To find out more, or meet the team, pop down to the shop and say hello to the helpful volunteers.