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Generosity shown but more needed

Monday, 30th May, 2011

COOK-UP: John Armstrong, Peter Keenan, Brenda Stace and Kelvin Stace prepared food for the Door Knock volunteers. COOK-UP: John Armstrong, Peter Keenan, Brenda Stace and Kelvin Stace prepared food for the Door Knock volunteers.

by Gina Wilson

The organiser of the Salvation Army's biggest yearly fundraising day said he had mixed emotions about the response to yesterday's door knock.

While Major Kelvin Stace praised the generosity of locals - more than $12,000 was raised - he was disappointed that a lack of volunteers saw a $5,000 decline in local donations.

"Yes they were generous, they were on the whole (but I have) mixed emotions yes. It's down about $5,000," Major Stace said.

"We covered about 80 per cent of the town last year but we only covered about 50 per cent this year (because) there were not enough collectors."

He said the lack of volunteers was being felt right across the state.

Donations across the city, including those taken from the Plaza on Saturday, totalled $12,218, but Major Stace said more would come back from the mail service for those houses that were missed.

At a time when locally the need for the Salvos was on the rise, including for food, electricity and general household service, Major Stace said the reduction in donations across the state, unfortunately, may lead to a reduction in services.

"Ultimately unless the mailing appeal picked up it may mean we have to reduce services."

But, he said, he hoped the spirit of digging deep when the going was tough would prove true.

"Again historically when times get tough Australian are generous. We've seen that with the QLD floods, the VIC floods, we've seen it with the bush fires, with NZ and Japan with earthquakes," he said.

"When times are tough Australians are generous.

"Historically when we've been down on the day as it were - the mailing appeal has picked up."

Funds collected from Broken Hill are put together with money collected in other centres and distributed where the need was greatest.

Major Stace said some money did come back to the city indirectly.

"Because the Salvation Army is in town with both our church and our social centres."

He also reminded locals that no Salvation Army door knockers would be working this week.

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