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Blue Care Launches Dogless Doorknock

Peter and Susan Mortimer kicked off Blue Care’s first-ever ‘Dogless Doorknock Appeal’ at Kingaroy Shoppingworld on Monday in response to the rise of the cashless society

June 12, 2018

The rise of the cashless society – and the occasional over-enthusiastic dog – has made many charities rethink their traditional approaches to fundraising.

One of them is Blue Care which is mounting the South Burnett’s first ever “Dogless Doorknock” in place of their traditional annual doorknock this year.

From Monday, June 11, until Friday, June 22, Blue Care volunteers will be manning a donation desk at Kingaroy Shoppingworld to help raise much-needed funds for Blue Care’s work in the region.

This includes the Canowindra aged care residential facility in Kingaroy and a wide range of in-home nursing care, personal care and social support services in the Kingaroy and Nanango areas.

This year, Blue Care’s equipment wish list includes:

  • Outdoor chairs at Canowindra for residents and visitors
  • Specialised bariatric wheel chairs
  • A specialised bariatric shower chair, and
  • A real-life baby doll for doll therapy

On Monday, local Blue Care committee president Peter Mortimer and his wife Susan kicked off this year’s appeal, manning the Shoppingworld desk all morning and happily accepting donations from passers-by.

“These days a lot of people don’t keep cash at home, and his trend is only increasing,” Susan said.

“So we decided an old-fashioned doorknock had its day and it would be more convenient for most people to run this year’s appeal where they shop instead.”

Volunteers will be manning the Shoppingworld desk from 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays over the next fortnight, and 9:00am to noon on Saturday, June 16.

People can also make donations to Canowindra, at 43 Windsor Circle in Kingaroy, between 9:00am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday.

Susan said apart from community volunteers, students from Kingaroy State High School would also be helping out at the Shoppingworld desk after school hours over the next two weeks.

“Kingaroy State High has a very strong community focus and they encourage students to get involved in community activities as part of their schooling,” Susan said.

“We’re very grateful for their support.”

Susan said all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible, and receipts would be issued.

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