Drive to donate

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 30-Nov-2017

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Lisa Chesters kicks off her campaign. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN
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Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has launched her Christmas Donation Drive.

This year, Ms Chesters is supporting the Uniting Care Bendigo Emergency Relief Assistant Centres in Kangaroo Flat and Forest Street.

The Emergency Relief Assistant Centres assist several thousand local people each year by providing food, financial assistance, advocacy, household goods and clothing.

For a number of Central Victorians, Christmas is a time of stress, a time when financial hardship and family breakdown are felt most keenly.

Ms Chesters is calling for those who can to support families in need this Christmas.

“Bendigo is a generous community. We take care of our own. Together we can help make Christmas special for a local family less fortunate than our own,” she said.

This year, Uniting Care has requested donations of unwrapped new toys, still in packaging, for ages birth to 16, non-perishable or Christmas food items and Coles or Woolworths gift cards

“Donations can be dropped off at my office on the corner of Williamson and Myers streets or in the collection box at Kangaroo Flat Champions IGA,” Ms Chesters said.

The Kangaroo Flat Emergency Relief Assistance Centre is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am until 1pm and is located on the corner of Church and Camp streets.

The Bendigo Emergency Relief Assistance Centre is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am – 12.15pm and 1.30pm until 3.45pm and is located at 25 Forest Street.

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