Driving the cause

From left, Tony and Carmelina Arrigo, Barry Crees, John Marsh, Kat Gourley and Robyn and Frank Hill. 201286_01.

By Jessica Anstice

Bunyip’s Bendigo Community Bank and Car Club have united in an effort to raise much-needed funds for national charity, The OTIS Foundation, throughout November.

The OTIS Foundation gifts retreat accommodation to people experiencing breast cancer and their loved ones, so they may temporarily escape the psychological and emotional challenges that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis.

To show its support for the organisation, which provides more than 3500 nights of free accommodation annually to patients and families, the Bunyip bank has committed to raising funds by selling Little Blue Towels, in-branch.

Classic vehicle owners from the Bunyip Car Club volunteered their time to deliver the Little Blue Towels to the branch on Thursday 21 November.

“Recycled Little Blue Towels just happen to be perfect for polishing chrome and paintwork,” Federation of Veteran, Vintage and Classic Car Clubs president Neil Athorn said.

“Additionally, they provide employment opportunities for people with disability and raise money for the fantastic OTIS Foundation.”

Bunyip Community Bank customer relationship officer Kat Gourley says this is the fifth year the bank has sold the towels.

“Generally this program just runs through October but we’ve had such a good response that we’ll keep selling ours,” Ms Gourley said.

“We have six boxes full of towels; we’ve sold 40 packs so far and raised about $280.

“It helps families in some really tough times and it gives a bit of purpose to the guys that are actually involved in the cleaning and packing of them as well.”

Packs of five towels are just $7, with 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of these recycled towels going to the OTIS Foundation.

The Little Blue Towels will be available for purchase at the Bunyip community bank until the end of November.

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