Sal­lies appeal for helpers

South Taranaki Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

This adorable fluffy lit­tle chap is Dobby and he is look­ing for a lov­ing fam­ily to promise him a for­ever home. He is very af­fec­tion­ate, freely giv­ing face smooches and loves lots of cud­dles.

If you’re in­ter­ested in adopt­ing Dobby, come and meet him at The Scratch­ing Post, 259 Broad­way, Strat­ford, ph 06 765 0414. He has been de­sexed, vac­ci­nated, treated against fleas and worms, passed a vet healthcheck, and is lit­ter­box trained. The Sal­va­tion Army is of­fer­ing peo­ple the chance to join it for an hour or more to help end poverty in New Zealand.

The Sal­va­tion Army needs col­lec­tors for its an­nual Red Shield Appeal week from April 30 to May 6. The appeal raises funds to sup­port its front­line ser­vices tack­ling poverty in New Zealand.

His­tor­i­cally, The Sal­va­tion Army has used vol­un­teers from among its staff and church mem­bers and peo­ple it has helped who want to give back. How­ever, af­ter a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the pub­lic last year, it is send­ing out the call again, of­fer­ing the pub­lic the chance to join for an hour or more.

Sal­va­tion Army Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment man­ager Rhondda Mid­dle­ton says the Army is ex­tremely grate­ful to peo­ple who gave their time to col­lect in the past, and the strong back­ing the appeal re­ceives from the pub­lic each year.

‘‘Your gen­er­ous do­na­tion of time will give peo­ple more chances to give and help The Sal­va­tion Army to sup­port more New Zealan­ders liv­ing in poverty.’’

Peo­ple who want to sign up as a col­lec­tor can go to The Sal­va­tion Army’s web­site, www.sal­va­tion­army.org.nz, and sign up.

‘‘They just have to fill out a form and be ready and will­ing to help The Sal­va­tion Army, and we will do the rest.’’

Vol­un­teer­ing as a col­lec­tor was not just of ben­e­fit to the Army and its clients, there were up­sides for the col­lec­tor as well, Rhondda says.

‘‘You re­ally get to feel like you’re part of some­thing big and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. And the num­ber of com­pli­ments you get for The Sal­va­tion Army’s work dur­ing your time col­lect­ing is just amaz­ing.’’

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