Major Christine Atkinson and Captain Keith Atkinson, with regular volunteer David Morgan, are preparing for the Salvos’ annual doorknock appeal.
Major Christine Atkinson and Captain Keith Atkinson, with regular volunteer David Morgan, are preparing for the Salvos’ annual doorknock appeal. Adam Hourigan

Helping out has appeal

"PLEASURE, that's what I get out of it," said Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal volunteer driver and former Maclean Shire councillor David Morgan.

For the past five or six years, David and his wife, Colleen, have volunteered their car and time to drive the collectors.

"I just do it, I don't count it," he said.

"When I was in Iluka with the Rotary we used to be involved as well, so I've been involved in Red Shield, off and on, for years."

And he will be back again on May 19 and 20 for the 2012 appeal, in which the Salvos hope to raise $10 million nationwide.

Locally, the 2011 Red Shield Appeal ran short-handed.

"We only covered about half the houses in Grafton last year," said Grafton Salvation Army Captain Keith Atkinson.

"If we can get 150-plus collectors we can do all the town."

Mr Morgan said spending a few hours helping out the Salvos was a pleasure for him and Colleen.

"We load up the car with a bunch of kids and ferry them to where they're collecting," he said.

"Then we collect them, collect the money and take them to the next drop-off point."

The Morgans find working with the young people a delight.

"They're most often mates from school or neighbours and they have a great time," he said.

It's an observation Captain Atkinson agrees with.

"It's amazing. After collecting on a Saturday a lot of them ask if it's all right if they come back again on Sunday," he said.

"And I tell them, 'Of course, no problems'."

Mr Morgan said anyone who has a car can spend a few rewarding hours helping out the Salvos.

 

How to volunteer

Contact Captain Keith Atkinson or Major Christine Atkinson on 6643 1650 or email keith.atkinson@aue.salvationarmy.org.

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