Bega Valley winter appeal and blanket ride hands over warming collection

Three trailer-loads of blankets, bedding and warm clothes – plus $1800 cash – has been donated to the needy thanks to the recent Blanket Ride and Winter Appeal.

Organisers Glenn Cotter and George Parker dropped by Bega’s St Vincent de Paul centre on Friday to hand over the donations collected during the appeal and June 3 motorbike ride.

Mr Cotter said the appeal was the most successful to date, thanking the many corporate partners and community supporters for their donations.

“I am really grateful for all the public support throughout the months leading up to the ride,” he said.

“We are so lucky to live among such a wonderful community, it is quiet humbling to see how much people are prepared to do to help those who need it.”

The blankets, warm clothing and money is going to Vinnies’ welfare arm (not the shop) to directly assist Bega district locals doing it tough this winter.

The ride was supported by a wide range of social motorcycle clubs and riders from the Bega Valley and Batemans Bay community, as well as a number of independent riders all together for a common cause..

Clubs represented included: Rotters, Bastards, CRABS Bermagui, BREW, Women On Wheels, Australian Social Motorcycle Club, United Motorcycle Riders, Sapphire Coast Ulysses, and the Far South Coast Social Riders.

Corporate partners thanked for their support include: Robert Smith Furniture, Club Bega, Club Sapphire, Sapphire Marketplace, Target, Woolworths, Big W, Coles Bega, Furniture One Bega, Harris Scarfe, Merimbula Tourism Information Centre, Betta Home Living Bega, Grand Hotel, ABC South East and 2EC/Power FM.

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