Kim Sykes, councillor Rod Fyffe and Jane Townsend.

COLOURFUL councillor Rod Fyffe OAM has made the first donation of the 2018 Bendigo Community Coat Drive.

Cr Fyffe visited Pristine Dry Cleaners in High Street on Monday to deliver some coats to manager Jane Townsend and Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive officer Kim Sykes.

The 2018 Bendigo Community Coat Drive runs from May 7 to May 26.

Pristine Dry Cleaners will dedicate a machine every day for three weeks to ensure all donated items are cleaned before going to those in need this winter.

The drive received more than 1700 donations last year.

Ms Sykes said there were people in the community who went cold and hungry every winter.

“There are people in Bendigo living in cars or the streets and houses where there’s no money for heating,” Ms Sykes said.

“The coat drive is a great opportunity for the community to help others in need. A coat or blanket makes a huge difference to someone really struggling.

“All the coats we collect will be distributed through our sites.”

Drop off points for coat donations are at Pristine Dry Cleaners, Shop 141/157-161 High Street, Bendigo and Bendigo Community Health Services at Bendigo Central – 165-171 Hargreaves Street; 3 Seymoure Street, Eaglehawk and 13 Helm Street, Kangaroo Flat.