Janette Holland, Val Ivers, Rockhampton Regional Councillor Sandra O’Brien and Trevor Holland step out in Gracemere for the Red Shield appeal.
Janette Holland, Val Ivers, Rockhampton Regional Councillor Sandra O’Brien and Trevor Holland step out in Gracemere for the Red Shield appeal. Cherith Weis

Big response to Red Shield Appeal

THE Salvation Army has reported an “overwhelming” response to its Red Shield Appeal at the weekend.

Captain Peter McGuigan said it raised $40,000 during the appeal, which was a 27% increase on last year.

Captain McGuigan said 450 volunteers had covered 95% of Rockhampton which meant almost every house received a door knock from the Salvos.

He credited the “incredible generosity” to the aftermath of the flood.

“One of the big things is the fact the Salvation Army has been very involved in the community through the flood relief,” Captain McGuigan said.

During the flood it set up a warehouse shop to provide victims with donated household items, clothing linen and non-perishable food items.

It also provided meals to people staying at the evacuation centre.

“The Aussie spirit is really starting to come out,” Captain McGuigan said.

He said several people, particularly students, had come forward after the flood to volunteer.



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