Salvos are grateful

TWENTY-FIVE volunteers gave up their time on Sunday morning to help collect donations for the annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

Representatives from the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach and Westpac Bank's Cannonvale branch made up the main contingent of volunteers. They were assisted by students from Proserpine State School.

The coordinator of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for the Whitsunday region, John Ryan, said despite the hard times the results were gratifying.

“We were slightly up on money raised this year despite the depressed economic times,” said Mr Ryan, a member of Rotary Club of Airlie Beach.

“Also a lot of people weren't home because of the great weather, so it was very pleasing to get the donations we received.”

Mr Ryan said the Red Shield Appeal is well recognised as being a very good cause and local people had shown great charity.

“I'd like to thank the people of the Whitsunday region for their generosity,” Mr Ryan said.

“I'm also very happy with the volunteers and I thank them very much for the time and effort they gave on the day.” Donations to the Red Shield Appeal can still be made for the next two weeks at any Westpac Bank branch.

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