Yellow Ribbon: The Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils have been celebrating Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week from Monday to honour those killed in road crashes, and pledge to make the roads safer for everyone. Staff have been wearing yellow lapel ribbons and displaying yellow ribbons on fleet vehicles. This was the second time the Councils have supported this initiative. Last year more than 1,200 lives were lost in road crashes across Australia and more than 35,000 people were seriously injured. The pledge asks you to drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead, remove distractions, never use your mobile phone while at the wheel, slow down and take care of vulnerable road users. You can take the pledge by visiting www.sarahgroup.org
Salvos Red Shield Appeal: The Salvation Army is urging the Australian public to get involved in its annual Red Shield Appeal doorknock to help raise $7.5 million over the weekend of 26th to 27th May. The money will go towards The Salvation Army’s vast network of social services those in need. In a typical week, the Salvos provide over 17,000 beds to the homeless, 40,000 meals for the hungry, over 1,400 financial counselling sessions and refuge for over 100 women affected by domestic violence. The Salvos are aiming to mobilise 70,000 volunteers for the doorknock. To volunteer, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au. You can donate by calling 13 SALVOS (13
72 58), online at salvos.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch or Salvos Stores or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.
Coffee With A Cop: Parkes Police are hosting Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday, 8th May to give the public the opportunity to meet local officers, and discuss community issues. All community members are invited to attend at Wholesome Blend on the corner of Clarinda and Bushman Streets between 10:30 and 11:30am. Please contact Parkes Police on 6862 9999 with any questions. “We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Superintendent Chris Taylor. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across NSW.