DESPITE the tough economic times Noosa Salvos have gone within a whisker of realising their Red Shield Appeal goal.
"The appeal raised $12,700, which was $1500 up on last year, but just short of our goal of $13,000," said Lieutenant Lara Sutcliffe, who headed up the appeal with her husband, Lt David Sutcliffe.
The most outstanding success of the appeal was the business breakfast at Noosa Heads Surf Club, which raised $10,662.
"It was a mighty effort from the 137 businesspeople from the Noosa area, especially in such tough trading times," she said.
"Our biggest need for next year is volunteer collectors."
Last week the Salvation Army announced the Red Shield Appeal had raised $83.8 million nationally - 2.7% over the goal of $81.5 million.
"This equates to a significant 8.3% increase on the funds that will help sustain Salvation Army centres for another year," said Salvos spokesman Major Bruce Harmer.