Blanket run donations double as bikes join in
CLOSE to 70 motorbikes joined this year’s North East Blanket and Jacket Run for the Salvation Army, with donations again doubling the previous year’s effort.
Organised by Bright’s Trevor Botting, the campaign – now an annual event held on the first weekend in June – has grown through social media that began with just 25 motor bike enthusiasts.
With items distributed by the Beechworth Salvation Army, welfare man- ager Jim Kenny said the church hall was packed with the timely delivery of blankets and clothing for those in need.
With a few remaining contributions from last year’s run distributed two weeks ago, Mr Kenny said it was overwhelming to receive such generosity from communities in the North East.
“We’re able supply other welfare organisations around the region too,” he said.
The three hour run that started in Myrtleford, took in Yackandandah, Rutherglen, Chiltern and Beechworth.
Motorbike riders including those from around the Wangaratta region were joined by Albury and Wodonga riders in Yackandandah.
“It’s a family day, and cars and utes followed us helping with collections and transport too,” Mr Botting said.
A boost to this year’s contribution was a donation of more than $400 from the sale of $5 patches labelled ‘North East Victoria Blanket and Jacket Run 2018’.
“It’s a very big thank you to everyone,” Mr Botting said.