GLENORCHY and Moonah residents certainly delivered when the call went out to give generously to the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal in 2015 donating $15,000 over 10 days.
The Salvos’ biggest fundraiser is held nationally from 27 May to 5 June, with the annual door knock appeal on 30-31 May.
Lieutenant Amy Jones, from the Salvation Army’s Moonah Corps and Community Centre, thanked locals for their “immense generosity.”
“I am blown away by this response, and the amount raised is more than we have had in many, many years,” Lt Jones said.
“With this fantastic result, the Salvation Army will be able to help many Tasmanians in need in the coming year.”
The 40 volunteers who collected around the Glenorchy municipality were literally blown away on the doorknock weekend, as they battled gale force winds and relentless rain.
The Speaker of Tasmania’s House of Assembly and Chair of the Red Shield Appeal for the Moonah Corps, Elise Archer, said the dedication of volunteers in helping the Salvation Army help others was commendable.
“You really couldn’t have asked for worse weather, but wherever you went in the northern suburbs you could see the volunteers, swinging their buckets and smiling in spite of the conditions,” she said.
In addition to door knocking, volunteers were stationed at various collection points, including Northgate Shopping Centre, Claremont Plaza and Woolworths Moonah.
Other fundraising events held in the area during the appeal included Bunnings barbecues, Mother’s Day wrapping and the “Red Saturday” TSL clash between the Glenorchy Magpies and Devonport at KGV.
The game – where players swapped their usual socks for bright red ones – along with a luncheon and raffle on the day raised more than $700.
“I am so proud of our community for supporting this indispensable charity which provides a helping hand to those greatest in need through emergency relief, financial assistance, counselling and addiction rehabilitation, just to name a few of its 70 various programs across Tasmania,” Ms Archer said.
While statewide figures are still being tallied, the Salvation Army hopes this year’s Red Shield Appeal raised $2 million, which will fund its 20 centres across Tasmania.