Salvos hope to raise $1m in western Sydney

Dig deep for Salvos: Salvation Army Captains Gai and Peer Cathcart encourage everyone to give generously to the Red Shield Appeal this Sunday. Picture: Anna Warr

Dig deep for Salvos: Salvation Army Captains Gai and Peer Cathcart encourage everyone to give generously to the Red Shield Appeal this Sunday. Picture: Anna Warr

About 100,000 Salvation Army volunteers will be hitting the streets this weekend to raise funds for the annual Red Shield Appeal Doorknock.

Last year’s Greater Western Sydney appeal raised $800,000 and organisers are hoping to reach $1million in donations from the region this year — and a total of $10million across the country.

The appeal is the Salvos’ primary fund-raising drive and is crucial for them to continue to offer support to more than one million Australians.

Appeals committee chairman for western Sydney Jim Taggart says when like-minded people come together it creates an energy and focus that is a ‘‘recipe for success’’.

‘‘I urge residents to contribute financially or to give a couple of hours of their day to provide resources to help families in need,’’ he said.

‘‘Someone once told me: ‘It’s not what you collect in life; it’s what you give away that counts’.’’

Funds raised by The Salvation Army go towards assisting disadvantaged Australians including people who are hungry, homeless, abandoned or abused.

For those who won’t be home this weekend, donations can also be made by calling 13SALVOS (13 72 58) or online.

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