Salvos tins ready to rat­tle

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Denise S. Cahill - edi­tor

THE Sal­va­tion Army started help­ing Kristy Goodall nine years ago.

The Balga res­i­dent has been giv­ing back since then by col­lect­ing do­na­tions for the an­nual Red Shield Door­knock, which will be held on May 28 and 29.

“I went on a Sal­va­tion Army Youth Camp when I was 16 and en­joyed it, so I started help­ing out with the youth groups,” Miss Goodall said.

“The chap­lain from my school re­ferred me to them and they’ve helped a lot, as I grew up in a home that wasn’t help­ful to a child.

“They gave me a place to go where I’d feel safe.

“Now I can give back to peo­ple who are in a po­si­tion I was in.”

Miss Goodall, Christina Wal­lis, Ben Hol­lis and Michael Hepworth are among hun­dreds of West Aus­tralians who will vol­un­teer for this month’s Red Shield Door­knock.

Miss Wal­lis, of Church­lands, has been vol­un­teer­ing for the ap­peal, shak­ing tins in shop­ping cen­tres for the past two years.

The Door­ways case man­ager said money raised dur­ing the an­nual Red Shield Ap­peal en­abled the Sal­va­tion Army to help peo­ple in var­i­ous ways.

“Some peo­ple come up and tell me their sto­ries of how we have helped them; it’s re­ally cool,” she said.

The 2016 Red Shield Ap­peal was launched last week and peo­ple can help by vol­un­teer­ing to door­knock or shake tins across Perth.

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THE Sal­va­tion Army’s Cap­tain Naava Brooks had the at­ten­tion of Perth’s busi­ness com­mu­nity at the Red Shield Ap­peal launch last week. Cap­tain Brooks showed her cap­tive au­di­ence what it was like for the peo­ple who came to the Sal­va­tion Army for help. Each per­son wrote down the five things they en­joyed do­ing the most. Then, one by one, she asked them to put a line through each trea­sured ac­tiv­ity. This is what life is like for peo­ple when they first come to the or­gan­i­sa­tion for help. Cap­tain Naava and her col­league Ma­jor Neil Ven­ables also told suc­cess sto­ries that have come out of Sal­va­tion Army pro­grams and you could see chests puff with pride. Ma­jor Ven­ables ran into a cou­ple of youths in a North­bridge carpark re­cently. They were un­der the in­flu­ence. He sim­ply asked them how they were do­ing. They thanked him for car­ing. Think of these Salvos when vol­un­teers knock on your door or shake a tin at your lo­cal shop­ping cen­tre this month.

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Christina Wal­lis, Ben Hol­lis, Michael Hepworth and Kristy Goodall will all be out and about col­lect­ing for the Red Shield Ap­peal.

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