Bidwill’s Salvation Army Captain Rachael Farthing is expecting a generous response from the community ahead of this year’s Red Shield Appeal.
To be held on the weekend of May 27 and 28, the appeal raises much-needed money to fund the Salvo’s community programs for the next 12 months.
“A lot of our programs rely on the money we collect over this appeal,” Ms Farthing said. “It’s a vital day for us.”
She said the money would go towards programs including drug and alcohol counselling and employment services.
“We’re still a fairly new zone for the Red Shield Appeal in Bidwill, but we generally get a very generous and friendly response from the people in this community.”
Volunteers from across western Sydney will venture out to local shopping centres and stores next weekend to collect donations.
St Clair and Minchinbury McDonalds will be among donation sites, as will Marsden Park and Minchinbury Bunnings Warehouses.
Donations can also be made at Plumpton Shopping Centre and Mount Druitt Kmart.
Door knockers will also be out in force across the weekend with collection buckets in tow.
We generally get a very generous and friendly response from the people in this community.
“I guess traditionally Australians expect us to be coming around during the appeal,” Ms Farthing said.
“I’ve always found people to be very welcoming of us on the day.”
The Salvation Army has distributed information sheets to show donors what their money can buy.
For $60, the Salvos can provide a family for a food hamper, while $99 can buy a homeless person a hot meal and a bed.
Those feeling a little bit more generous could offer a young school child with a new uniform and school supplies for the year ($400) and $750 provides shelter for a person fleeing family violence.
Last year’s appeal saw 2600 homeless people find a bed and 2500 woman were helped through domestic violence, while 10,000 meals were given to the hungry.
Ms Farthing said the Bidwill branch and all local groups were seeking volunteers to put their hand up to help next weekend.
“The more the merrier, we definitely need some more volunteers to come on board,” she said.
“Whoever comes forward to help would be much appreciated.
“I know it can be a bit daunting to go door knocking, but once you have that Salvation Army tag around your neck you’ll be fine.”
Contact your nearest Salvation Army branch or visit: salvos.org.au.