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Donations and volunteer help are needed to assist thousands of local families and individuals doing it tough as temperatures plummet with the onset of winter.
Coat-A-Thon, an annual drive for donations of coats and blankets, aims to keep people in need warm. AccordWest has commenced distributing coats and blankets to people in need in Collie and Busselton during the first week of the drive – but more donations are required across the South West. All kinds of warm jackets and blankets are needed, but there is a particular shortage of children’s jackets.
There is also a severe shortage of volunteers to help around the region on distribution days. Anyone who is interested in volunteering, please call AccordWest for more information.
Bunbury MP Don Punch urged people to get on board and help with the initiative.
“Winter has come all of a sudden and for the last week it has been bloody cold. Everybody should be able to relate to just how important AccordWest’s Coat-A-Thon is to help make sure people at least have basic comfort,” Mr Punch said.
“I am really pleased my office can support AccordWest by being a collection point for Coat-A-Thon, so if you have any spare warm items, please drop them in.”
Distribution commences from AccordWest’s Bunbury office on Thursday June 14, and will continue until August. People living in Collie, Harvey, Busselton and Manjimup can call AccordWest on 9729 9000 to access items. In addition to providing coats and blankets, staff and volunteers will provide information on how to save energy in the home to reduce house hold costs.
“At this time of the year, I am reminded of the generosity of our South West Community in supporting us to collect warm clothing and helping us distribute them free of charge. If you are able to help with donations or volunteering, it would be appreciated,” AccordWest CEO Neil Hamilton.
Member for Vasse Libby Mettam praised the program. “AccordWest Coat-A-Thon 2018 was another huge success again this year,” she said.
“This was my second year as a drop off point for warm clothing. We were overwhelmed with drop offs of warm coats, jumpers, jackets, blankets, scarfs and beanies from the local Busselton/Dunsbrough Community. Thank you again to everyone for their support to this very worthy cause. Accordwest are continuing to do amazing work within our community for those less fortunate families that are in desperate need of assistance. I am thrilled to be part of this worthy initiative.”