Horsham Red Cross Calling campaign starts

WIMMERA residents will receive a knock on the door this month for the annual Red Cross Calling campaign.

The house-to-house doorknock started on Saturday and continues until March 24.

Horsham co-ordinator Trish Venn said about 100 volunteers would visit households in Horsham and surrounds throughout the month.

She said she was happy with the number of volunteers but could always do with more.

Mrs Venn said last year’s appeal in Horsham raised about $20,000. She hopes for a similar total this year.

She said the appeal was particularly special this year, as Red Cross celebrated its centenary.

She said Red Cross aimed to raise $2 million nationwide during the campaign.

Mrs Venn said the Horsham Red Cross unit offered registration and personal support to people who evacuated to the Horsham and Laharum emergency relief centres during the Grampians bushfire.

Red Cross aimed to provide care to those who needed it most, with daily phone calls to elderly people living alone, breakfast for children who would otherwise go hungry and relief for families torn apart by war or natural disaster.

Mrs Venn said people could learn more or donate at redcrosscalling.org.au or by calling 1800 008 831.

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