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Collectors rally for Red Shield

Monday, 30th May, 2016

Captain Paul Furth enjoys a break from yesterday’s Red Shield Appeal. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Captain Paul Furth enjoys a break from yesterday’s Red Shield Appeal. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal will probably top more than $13,000 this year, about $2,000 more than the previous year.

More than 100 collectors - including three groups from the local high schools - hit the streets yesterday morning for the charity’s annual fundraiser.

“We covered 23 areas out of 40 in Broken Hill, which is about 57.5 percent of the city,” appeal chairman Peter Keenan said yesterday.

“I’ve still got a couple of areas to come in, one at Silverton today, one at the Broken Hill Caravan Park, and a couple of others to come, so I’m thinking I might get over $13,000.”

It was the first time Silverton had joined the appeal, thanks to the efforts of resident Bob Watson, who was collecting at the pub and a few other areas around the iconic village.

“I appreciate all the collectors who donate their time - a couple did it for the first time this year and enjoyed the experience and are happy to do it again next year.

“I’d also like to thank Westpac Bank manager Scott Howe and his staff for donating their time again this year.”

All the money raised in the appeal goes towards Algate House - which provides services for people with a disability - and Catherine Haven, the city’s only women’s refuge.

Both facilities cost about $700,000 to run every year.

If you didn’t get a knock on your door yesterday, it’s not too late to donate. Anyone can donate through the Westpac Bank until the end of June.

Anything over $2 is tax deductible.

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