Aux-Captain Terry Cantrill, Major Neil Dickson, David Cassels and Warwick Salvation Army lieutenants Lydia and Steve Spencer gear up for the Red Shield Appeal.
Aux-Captain Terry Cantrill, Major Neil Dickson, David Cassels and Warwick Salvation Army lieutenants Lydia and Steve Spencer gear up for the Red Shield Appeal. Georja Ryan

How you can help the Salvos hit $79m target

THE Salvation Army is calling on Warwick residents to dig deep into their pockets to help reach the state target of $79 million for the Red Shield Appeal which is launched today.

Warwick Salvation Army lieutenants Lydia and Steve Spencer said they counted on community contributions for what was one of the biggest fundraising events on the organisation's calendar.

"It's about the community helping themselves," Mr Spencer said.

"All funds raised are to help people in the community so it's local money helping local people."

Doorknockers will take to the streets of the Rose City on May 25-26 and Mr Spencer said they were looking for 100 volunteers to put on their walking shoes and lend a couple of hours of their time.

"The more people we get, the shorter amount of time they have to doorknock for, so we could have it all done in half an hour if there were enough people," he said.

Brisbane-based Major Neil Dickson said Warwick's goal for the doorknock was $11,000 and $7000 for Stanthorpe.

He said while many found it difficult to find a few extra dollars to donate, the trend was that people were more than willing to help.

"People talk about donor fatigue, but that is self-prophesying," Mr Dickson said.

"The trend is when times are tough, people tend to dig a bit deeper."

Donation tins will be set up at various places around town the week prior to the doorknock, at Bunnings and in Rose City Shoppingworld.

If you would like to help at a stall in the shopping centre or by doorknocking visit salvos.org.au or phone 13SALVOS.



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