Red Shield Appeal a success

Volunteers George Bowden and Michael Egan were ready and waiting at McDonalds for donations on Saturday.

Volunteers George Bowden and Michael Egan were ready and waiting at McDonalds for donations on Saturday.

THE Cooma Salvation Army were out in force over the weekend for the 2014 Red Shield Appeal. With their donation buckets jingling, collectors knocked on doors throughout Cooma and the Monaro.

More than $10,500 has already been banked as the tally makes its way to the regional goal of $19,500. Official amounts from Berridale and Bombala are still to be finalised, but it is expected the people of Bombala have raised over $4000.

Through the 67 collectors and other volunteers, Captain of the Cooma Salvos, Louise Nicholson, is pleased to declare this year's appeal as a success.

"It went really well, I am very happy with the response," Captain Nicholson said.

"Thank you to all the helpers and those who gave, it was a whole regional effort."

In Cooma alone, 67 per cent of houses were covered, raising $10,272 so far. Captain Nicholson would like to see over 80 collectors next year, to help reach all Cooma homes.

"We needed another 25 or so collectors to cover all of Cooma," Captain Nicholson said.

The response from local volunteers delighted Captain, with seven St Patrick's year 10 students helping with the collection.

"It was a fabulous effort also from these students and everyone who helped out."

"We had families take part; one family with three children and another with four children door knocked."

"They were able to come help and it was great to have them involved."

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