Salvos bowled over by appeal response

HAYLEY GODDARDSound Telegraph

A staggering $7500 raised at this year’s Red Shield Appeal was an “unbelievably positive” response, according to the Kwinana Salvation Army.

Captain Erica Jones said volunteers were amazed by the generosity of the city’s residents when they hit the streets and shopping centres last month.

“We’ve appreciated the level of giving — teenagers to elderly were giving what they could,” she said.

Capt. Jones said the older generations wanted to give back what the organisation offered in times of war, but the younger generations were more surprising.

“Teenagers now have a real social justice heart and want to make the world a better place,” she said.

Capt. Jones said the tally far exceeded her expectations.

“Our hope was to be seen and get to know the community, but the money raised was very encouraging.”

Capt. Jones said the money would go towards social programs such as its Men’s Shed and Community Cafe.

She thanked the Kwinana community for its support and said next year’s Red Shield Appeal would be more hands-on and hoped to involve schools in a fundraising challenge.

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