Do­na­tions rev up as ride nears

Myrtleford Times - - News -

CHAR­ITY RIDE: Trevor Bot­ting and Kurt Dis­segna, or­gan­is­ers of the North East Blan­ket and Jacket Run, ex­pect to do­nate a large num­ber of items to the Sal­va­tion Army again. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

A CHAR­ITY ride to trans­port warm cloth­ing and other win­ter items is again ex­pected to greatly as­sist the Sal­va­tion Army.

The North East Blan­ket and Jacket Run will hap­pen for the third time in June.

Do­na­tions from peo­ple across the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly the Alpine Shire, have helped de­liver hun­dreds of blan­kets, sleep­ing bags, jack­ets, socks and bea­nies to Beech­worth’s Salvos store.

Bright man Trevor Bot­ting said the ride had grown each year in terms of the num­ber of do­na­tions and par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“We had 30 rid­ers in our first year, 60 last year and we hope to get over 100 this year,” he said.

“The amount of do­na­tions has in­creased each year and we’ve al­ready had heaps come in so we’re pretty con­fi­dent we’ll top last year.

“We have a cou­ple of ladies knit­ting blan­kets and have had Bright River­side Hol­i­day Park do­nate all their old blan­kets.

Do­na­tions for toi­letry packs are also be­ing taken this year while patches can be pur­chased for $5, by those head­ing along on next month’s ride, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Sal­va­tion Army.

The ride will take place on Sun­day, June 3 start­ing from Re­gional Ag and Con­struc­tion at Myrtle­ford.

The swarm of bikes will head to Yackan­dan­dah and on to Ruther­glen be­fore pass­ing through Chiltern on the way to Beech­worth.

Alpine res­i­dents can drop items at the Riverdeck Café in Bright, Re­gional Ag and Con­struc­tion, Mt Beauty Newsagency, the Old Ta­wonga Store and Ded­erang Gen­eral Store.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Trevor Bot­ting on 0434 811 045.

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