Donations rev up as ride nears
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.