The Vinnies Doorknock Appeal is held each February to raise much-needed funds for people in need in Canberra and Queanbeyan. During the 2012 Vinnies Doorknock Appeal, the Society is hoping to raise $300,000.
However, the biggest challenge faced by Vinnies each year is getting enough volunteers to the doors of thousands of people in Canberra who are willing to give generously.
Chief Executive, Bob Wilson says, “In previous years we have had around 1,000 volunteers knock on doors throughout Canberra suburbs. However, this year we will need 1,500 volunteers to get to these homes we need to call on in order to reach our $300,000 target.”
The appeal is a very important part of the Society’s fundraising efforts and enables volunteers and staff to assist the less fortunate of our community. The funds raised from Doorknock cover the provision of food, emergency accommodation, clothing, school fees, medical costs, and other financial assistance that helps lessen the burden from those the Society assists.
“The months following Christmas are still a busy period for Vinnies. Many of the calls we receive are financial requests with mortgage or rent payments, school materials, medical costs and other costs as some people are still trying to recover from costs over the Christmas period.” states Mr Wilson.
Doorknock volunteers collect money in their street or suburb on any day during the month of February, and in just one hour, volunteers could collect hundreds of dollars for families and people in the community who need it the most.
“Doorknocking can be a great way to get involved in the community, and a great activity to do with friends and family. You could even finish up with a BBQ in a local park after you’ve finished.” Says Mr Wilson.
To become a 2012 Vinnies Doorknock Appeal volunteer, visit http://www.vinniesdoorknock.org.au.