Salvation Army Captain Mark Williamson and Graeme Collins Automotive owner David Cassels will be knocking on doors this weekend to raise money for the Red Shield Appeal.
Salvation Army Captain Mark Williamson and Graeme Collins Automotive owner David Cassels will be knocking on doors this weekend to raise money for the Red Shield Appeal. Emma Channon

Appeal gets a boost

EXPECT a knock on the door this weekend.

The Salvation Army's annual door-knock appeal will take to the streets of Warwick through a number of energetic volunteers.

Six of these have been rounded up from Graeme Collins Automotive, with owner David Cassels beginning what he hopes to be a strong volunteer base.

Mr Cassels – who has supported the Red Shield door knock appeal since his school days at the Anglican Church Grammar School – said he vowed to increase numbers next year.

“I'm surprised given what's happened (with the natural disasters this year) that not many more have come forward to help,” he said.

“The Salvation Army was the first to put their hand out early this year and it's our turn to give back.

“There will be a lot more from Graeme Collins next year, but there's a lot of staff away at the moment.”

The rapport between Graeme Collins and the Salvation Army began not long ago, when Mr Cassels put his hand up to fix one of their trucks.

“It had been broken into and we helped get it fixed and replace the batteries,” he said.

“When we'd done all that I quizzed them about the Red Shield Appeal. They said they had only a dozen people last year and I thought that number wasn't very good, so decided we'd support.”

Mr Cassels said he planned on having a yearly campaign to bolster numbers in time for the May door-knock weekend.

“It's just a matter of getting people to donate their time,” he said.

“It's not hard to walk up and down a few streets and it only takes a couple of hours.”

The Salvation Army has set a national goal to raise $79 million through this year's door knock.

To help achieve this, Warwick has given a goal of $6500 – a figure Warwick Salvation Army captain Cathryn Williamson believed is well within reach.

“Last year our goal was $5000 and we got over $6000,” she said.

“I honestly believe $6500 is doable – with more people knocking on doors and asking to donate we can get there.”

About 100 collectors helped walk the streets of 26 areas. Each area includes about 200-250 homes, which take a couple of hours. In conjunction with the door-knock appeal, there will also be a series of collection points this weekend.

From Thursday to Saturday volunteers will be taking donations at Rose City Shopping world. There will be a barbecue outside Bunnings Warehouse on Saturday morning to help raise money and another collection point at Leslie Park on Sunday through the party.

More information on the Red Shield door knock appeal to 0419 541 092.



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