Mayor’s Blanket Appeal commences annual collection drive

Published on Friday, 24 March 2023 at 1:08:18 PM

The annual Mayor’s Blanket Appeal will undergo a revamp this year with the formation of a new working group to drive the annual collection of blankets and jackets.

Mayor John Bowler says there is a new-found level of enthusiasm in the appeal which will even have a new name: The Winter Warmth Appeal.

“The reason for the name change is that the distribution at winter is increasingly about thick, rain-proof jackets rather than just blankets,” said Mayor Bowler.

“In recent years mining companies and local firms often have new jackets left over when they change name, or their logo and those donations are very popular at the distribution points.”

Mayor Bowler said all churches support the annual appeal but this year the Church of Christ, with Pastor Beau Spencer and the Salvation Army – Majors Craig and Shirley Spooner – are on the new-look committee.

Stalwart Esther Roadnight is back, and Scott Mortley and Jewel Tipene from the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison make up the membership of the working group.

In recent years knitting for the blankets has been done at the prison, the Salvation Army and the Eastern Goldfields Community Centre, and donations of wool are welcome for this purpose.

Mayor Bowler said an approach will be made to the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry to invite their members to become involved in the Winter Warmth Appeal, either by collecting from their staff or donating to the appeal.

He says with summer just passed few are thinking of the need for blankets but in the depth of winter the demand for warm clothes and blankets gets greater every year.

Drop-off locations will be confirmed and further information will become available regarding how local residents and business can support this year’s Appeal.

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