Dig deep for the Red Shield Appeal in Macarthur

TIME TO DIG DEEP: Macarthur Salvation Army's Lieutenant Nicola Poore invites residents to support the annual Red Shield Appeal. Picture: Chris Lane
TIME TO DIG DEEP: Macarthur Salvation Army's Lieutenant Nicola Poore invites residents to support the annual Red Shield Appeal. Picture: Chris Lane

Prepare to check your pockets and dig deep for a worthy cause this month.

The Salvation Army is again calling on Macarthur residents to dig deep and support the Red Shield Doorknock Appeal, which will be held on May 25 and 26.

Close to 100 volunteers will be out in force across the region, knocking on doors and rattling tins in a bid to raise funds for the organisation.

However, Macarthur Salvation Army's Lieutenant Nicola Poore said the Salvos were still looking for more people to lend a hand over the two days.

"We are always after more help to meet the extraordinary needs in Macarthur," she said.

"It's always hard to knock on everyone's door across the region, but we do as much as we can with the resources we have.

"The more local volunteers we can recruit, the better."

Lieutenant Poore said it was "hugely rewarding" for people to volunteer with Salvos.

"We are living in an era where people want to give, they want to make a difference," she said.

"It is appreciated if people can give up even two hours to help out."

Salvation Army Australia has set an ambitious fundraising target of $8 million in 2019.

Lieutenant Poore said the Macarthur corps hoped to raise more than $100,000 itself. She said money raised would support projects and services within Macarthur and across Australia.

"The Red Shield Appeal helps make a difference in the local area and nationally," Lieutenant Poore said.

"It will help fund local services such as financially counselling and mental health counselling.

"It will also go towards a national emergency relief effort. The benefits are wide ranging."

To get involved in the Red Shield Appeal, call the Macarthur Salvation Army corps on 4647 4162.