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Shepparton digs deep for Red Shield Appeal

Shepparton residents showed their generosity in donating to the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal.

RIAHN SMITH May 26, 2014 3:40am

Margie Kennedy was on the streets yesterday collecting money for the Red Shield Appeal.

Hundreds of devoted volunteers pounded the pavement at the weekend, knocking on doors and negotiating traffic to raise money for the Red Shield Appeal.

The annual Salvation Army fundraiser raises money to help people in need and is supported by about 200 local volunteers taking part in a two-day door-knocking appeal.

At lunchtime yesterday, Salvation Army Shepparton Lieutenant Andrew Stringer said donations were expected to equal last year’s total, but he was hoping to raise a little more for the coffers this year.

‘‘So far it’s going well, but I did set the target a little higher,’’ Lt Stringer said.

‘‘We’ve had some great volunteer support this year and I think the giving is about as generous as it has been in the past.

‘‘It’s amazing, people have been so supportive.’’

Lt Stringer said the money would be spent on fulfilling Salvation Army services.

‘‘It supports people who are doing it tough, people who fall through the cracks,’’ he said.

‘‘They come to us and we use the money raised to help them get their lives back on track.’’

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