Appeal gets off to a flyer

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
The South West is off to a good Red Shield Appeal start, according to regional captain Mark Schatz.
Camera IconThe South West is off to a good Red Shield Appeal start, according to regional captain Mark Schatz. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

The Salvation Army launched its annual Red Shield Appeal last week which, according to coordinators, has got off to a flying start.

South West captain Mark Schatz said the weights of collection tins showed promising signs after just a few days of collecting.

“It’s about raising funds to help those in need,” he said. “There are plenty of people in our community who are struggling or doing it tough.

“We haven’t set a goal as such, though $15,000 would be excellent, 20 would be better, 30 would be magnificent and 50 would be awesome.”

Volunteers and representatives of the Salvation Army will be collecting and taking donations around the South West for the next couple of weeks before spending a week centred in Busselton.

The Red Shield appeal has been running annually since 1965 and culminates each year with the Red Shield Doorknock, which will be held this weekend.

This year’s appeal has already garnered the attention of a high profile supporter, South West MLC Adele Farina.

“I am pleased to donate to the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal and I urge everyone in the community able to donate to give generously,” she said.

Mr Schatz asked for the region to give generously and said if everyone in the Greater Bunbury Area donated one dollar, then the unofficial goal of $50,000 would be smashed.

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