Door knock appeal is a chance to help others

South Western Times

Bunbury Red Cross volunteer Barry Sampey will take to the streets this month as he raises money for the 70th annual Red Cross Calling appeal.

Mr Sampey has answered the call for the past five years, knocking on the doors of his neighbours to raise money where it is needed most, be it natural disaster relief or keeping people safe, secure and connected.

Mr Sampey said he was proud to help the charity, who over the years had “helped out where other charitable organisations have not been able to”.

The Red Cross allocates just one street to each volunteer, with Mr Sampey allocated Burt Street.

“I always find that I seem to set a target for the street,” he said.

“If I don’t make it I will try and make up the target myself. It makes me feel good to be able to give back.”

Australian Red Cross chief executive officer Judy Slatyer said a survey showed more than half of all Australian adults want to do more to help their community and the Red Cross Calling was the perfect opportunity.

“We’ve released these research findings to coincide with an event where close to 14,000 Australians have already answered the call, volunteering via social media, our online challenge and on the streets,” she said.

“With your help, Red Cross is there for people, both at home and overseas.”

Volunteer or make a tax deductible donation at redcrosscalling.org.au.

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