FRED Appleby (80) is a familiar face on the streets of Midland.
For the past 37 years he has been volunteering for the local Salvation Army, providing support to those doing it a little tough.
With the annual Red Shield Appeal doorknock launching on May 9, Fred will be among 6000 WA volunteers the Salvation Army hopes to mobilise to raise $500,000.
“I wanted to be part of a church that actually does things and the Salvation Army gave me something to do after my first wife died,” Fred said.
The money raised from the Red Shield Appeal doorknock will go towards The Salvation Army’s vast network of social services to help those in need.
In a typical week in WA, the Salvos provides more than 1000 beds for those suffering homelessness, 4000 meals for the hungry, emergency support to more than 1000 people and refuge for more than 30 women affected by domestic violence.
Salvation Army spokesman Warren Palmer said people could help by making a financial donation or by donating their time collecting as a volunteer on May 26 and 27.
“Volunteers are our largest workforce, which enables the continued success and improvement of our vital social programs,” he said.
“By giving just a few hours of your time, you can help the Salvos give hope where it is needed most, in our local community.”
To volunteer or donate for this year’s Red Shield Appeal weekend, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au.
People can donate directly to Fred at the Good Neighbour Sunday from 2pm-3pm on Sunday, May 27 at Midland Oval, while getting to know other people in the Midland community and enjoying a free sausage sizzle.