Red-letter days for Brian
Life is cyclical; it has its seasons and signposts, and we tend to measure time by how they come and go. For the Salvos’ director of community relations, Brian Hallett, one of the tell-tale signs of winter is the Salvos’ annual national Red Shield Appeal doorknock, held on Saturday,Sunday, 26,27 May.
‘It’s been a part of my life, collecting for The Salvation Army,’ Brian says. ‘I am 52, I was born in 1966, and we started the Red Shield Appeal here in Australia in 1965. I can remember going out with my Mum as a young boy, knocking on doors and ringing on doorbells.’
Through the ensuing decades, each year Brian has turned up to ask Aussies to help the Salvos help other Aussies through the Red Shield Appeal.
He’s stood at intersections and hiked up and down flights of stairs. He’s played musical instruments, climbed steep hills and jumped muddy puddles. He’s shaken hands; laughed and listened to people.
He’s been rained on, hailed on, hit up for help occasionally, and even had the odd conversation with puppy dogs.
As a Christian and a Salvo, Brian sees the appeal of the annual fundraiser. ‘I rock up to church on Sunday, and I hear stories of how Salvation Army services help people who are homeless, or fighting addictions, or are unable to feed their kids,’ he explains.