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