Gerard José, Hane Townsend and Norm Sheahan. Phpoto; Andrew Perryman.

The Bendigo Community Coat Drive has been an annual event in Bendigo since 2014 and is a cause that is greatly admired by all.

From Monday, May 6 to Saturday, May 25, Bendigo Community Health Services will once again be running the Bendigo Community Coat Drive.

The coat drive calls upon the community to donate coats, beanies, gloves, blankets, or anything warm, to aid those in need of warmth over the winter.

AFL Central Victoria will be supporting the Community Coat Drive this year with football and netball captains helping to launch the campaign, along with the clubs which are gathering donations from any generous supporters.

All donated items will be cleaned by Pristine Dry Cleaners at no expense.

In 2017, the coat drive received more than 1700 items of clothing that greatly assisted those who required the warmth through the cold months of winter.

“These coats will make a huge difference to people in need as the cold and harsh winter months set in,” Bendigo Community Health Services’ Rod Case said.

The coat drive will support the Haven Home Safe HeyVan and Headspace Bendigo.

For more information, visit www.bchs.com.au

– WILL BITTER