TINS IN HAND: Lieutenant Zak Churchill and volunteer Steve Brauer ready to go door knocking   this weekend.
TINS IN HAND: Lieutenant Zak Churchill and volunteer Steve Brauer ready to go door knocking this weekend. Nicole Zurcas

Raising money to fight housing stress in Warwick

IN A bid to relieve housing stress in the community, the Warwick Salvation Army is aiming to raise $10,000 this weekend.

The annual Red Shield Appeal will go towards supporting the Salvation Army's wider programs such as addiction services, employment aid and disability assistance.

Warwick Salvation Army Lieutenant Zak Churchill said financial aid was the most common serviced offered.

"Most people will contact us for our financial assistance, housing stress is a big issue at the moment,” he said.

"People are struggling to keep up with insufficient incomes,” Lt Churchill said.

This year the Southern Downs region is hoping to exceed last year's effort of $9500, just short of this year's goal.

With less volunteers, Lt Churchill is encouraging community members to sign up for door knocking.

"We are a bit short this year, so we won't reach as many doors,” he said.

"Volunteers play a crucial roll in providing a hand to some of our most vulnerable,” Lt Churchill said.

Long-time volunteer Steve Brauer said the Salvation Army was a good cause to get behind.

"I try to volunteer every year, It's a worthy cause, they do a lot for the community and you never know in some part of your life if you will need their services,” he said.

There will be a stand at Rose City Shopping Centre this week with volunteers collecting donations.

Also a barbecue on Saturday at Bunnings will see proceeds go to the Red Shield Appeal.

Lt Churchill said seeking support in a small community could be difficult for some.

"Most people think they shouldn't seek help, that there's more people out there worse off than them,” he said

"The truth is we're here to help anyone struggling and feeling like they can't keep up,” Lt Churchill said.

Nationwide, the Salvation Army provides 170,000 beds, 40,000 meals and more than 1400 financial counselling services.

For anyone in need of assistance, call 137258 to speak to a Salvation Army member and begin the application process.



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