Blan­ket run do­na­tions dou­ble as bikes join in

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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.

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