Red Shield Ap­peal kicks off

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Brookes

FRED Ap­pleby (80) is a fa­mil­iar face on the streets of Mid­land.

He has vol­un­teered for the lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army for the past 37 years, pro­vid­ing sup­port to those do­ing it a lit­tle tough.

The an­nual Red Shield Ap­peal door­knock launched on May 9 and Fred will be among 6000 WA vol­un­teers the Sal­va­tion Army hopes to mo­bilise to raise $500,000.

“I wanted to be part of a church that ac­tu­ally does things and the Sal­va­tion Army gave me some­thing to do af­ter my first wife died,” Fred said.

The money raised from the Red Shield Ap­peal door­knock will go to­wards the Sal­va­tion Army’s vast net­work of so­cial ser­vices to help those in need.

In a typ­i­cal week in WA, the Salvos pro­vides more than 1000 beds for those suf­fer­ing home­less­ness, 4000 meals for the hun­gry, emer­gency sup­port to more than 1000 peo­ple and refuge for more than 30 women af­fected by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Sal­va­tion Army spokesman War­ren Palmer said peo­ple could help by mak­ing a fi­nan­cial dona­tion or by do­nat­ing their time col­lect­ing as a vol­un­teer on May 26 and 27.

“Vol­un­teers are our largest work­force, which en­ables the con­tin­ued suc­cess and im­prove­ment of our vi­tal so­cial pro­grams,” he said.

“By giv­ing just a few hours of your time, you can help the Salvos give hope where it is needed most, in our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

To vol­un­teer or do­nate for this year's Red Shield Ap­peal week­end, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or regis­ter on­line at www.salvos.org.au.

Peo­ple can do­nate di­rectly to Fred at the Good Neigh­bour Sun­day from 2pm to 3pm on Sun­day, May 27, at Mid­land Oval, while get­ting to know other peo­ple in the Mid­land com­mu­nity and en­joy­ing a free sausage siz­zle.

Fred Ap­pleby has been vol­un­teer­ing for the Sal­va­tion Army for nearly four decades.

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