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Appeal short of target

Salvation Army Major Heather Unicomb thinks this year’s Red Shield Appeal takings are down because people have been doing it tough.
Salvation Army Major Heather Unicomb thinks this year’s Red Shield Appeal takings are down because people have been doing it tough. Scottie Simmonds BUNSAL

THE Salvation Army in Bundaberg may have to cut back on the services it offers after its Red Shield doorknock appeal for money on Sunday failed to raise its target.

Bundaberg corps officer Major Heather Unicomb said $26,000 had been banked after the appeal on Sunday.

This was well down on their target of $32,000, which was the same as the amount raised last year, she said.

But she said the Salvation Army wanted to thank the community for the help it gave.

"It still is amazing how people still give to us compared to lots of other charities," she said.

"I think people are giving what they can, and that's not so much with all the bills so high these days.

"Everything is going up."

Maj Unicomb said appeal money was still coming in from outlying regions such as Gin Gin and Agnes Water.

And people could still call in to the Salvation Army and donate money.

Maj Unicomb said Salvation Army officers were encouraged by the help they had received from the public, particularly school students who had given their time to carry out the doorknock appeal.

"We had a couple of hundred school students from different schools helping us out," she said.

"Some did three hours on Sunday morning, some did more."

Maj Unicomb said the shortfall in the amount of money raised meant the Bundaberg branch would have to be more careful with the services it offered.

The money from the appeal was used for things such as budget counselling, welfare and community service.

"It means the services won't be quite as generous as before," she said.

"We will need to make sure we do limit the amount we give out each month."

The Bundaberg experience was repeated across the board, with Salvation Army figures showing Queenslanders donated 16.9% less to the appeal this year than last year.

 

SHORTFALL

$26,000 raised this year

The target was $32,000

Nationally $6 million was collected, short of the $10 million target

Topics:  heather unicomb, red shield appeal, salvation army


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