Warwick Salvation Army Lieutenants Lydia and Steve Spencer are encouraging people to dig deep for the Red Shield Appeal.
Warwick Salvation Army Lieutenants Lydia and Steve Spencer are encouraging people to dig deep for the Red Shield Appeal. Jayden Brown

Salvos set $18k Red Shield Appeal target on Southern Downs

WARWICK Salvation Army Lieutenants Steve and Lydia Spencer have set themselves a fundraising goal for the Red Shield Appeal.

The couple are aiming to raise $18,000 on the Southern Downs during the next few weeks of the annual appeal.

Last year the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal raised $11,000 in donations in the region.

Steve said donations would be collected during the coming weeks, with doorknocking in Warwick and Stanthorpe on May 28 and 29.

"We'll be doing a lot more static fundraising at the IGA, Bunnings and Rose City Shoppingworld," he said.

"We're also happy to acccept donations at the Salvation Army building."

Corporate donations are accepted, with donations of more than $2 tax deductible.

Each year the Salvation Army supports hundreds of people doing it tough across the Southern Downs.

Steve said the money raised from the Red Shield Appeal would go back into the community.

"Every day there are more and more people needing support on the Southern Downs," he said.

"We work closely with other organisations but unfortunately we need to do more with less."

In addition to monetary donations, the Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers to help doorknock and collect donations.

Over the weekends from May 14 to 29, Salvation Army volunteers will be visiting Bunnings to fundraise for the Red Shield Appeal.

Bunnings Warwick Store Manager Debby Stevens is also encouraging Warwick residents to head down to the Bunnings store and show support for the Salvos.

"We'd love to see everyone make their way down to the store to make a donation and support the great work the Salvos do," she said.



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