UnitingCare and Bendigo Bank announce winter warmer drive

Lindy O'Neill (left) at Bendigo Bank Devonport branch manager Erin Smith prepare for the Winter Warmer Drive.

Lindy O’Neill (left) at Bendigo Bank Devonport branch manager Erin Smith prepare for the Winter Warmer Drive.

UnitingCare Tasmania and Bendigo Bank will be working together to make this winter a little warmer for struggling Tasmanians.

Tasmanians are encouraged to donate their unwanted blankets, coats, hats, scarves and gloves at their local Bendigo Bank branch during the month of June. UnitingCare will then distribute them to those in need during winter.

Last year, when this initiative debuted, saw hundreds of winter warmers find their way to families in southern Tasmania. This year, UnitingCare Tasmania and Bendigo Bank have opted for a state-wide campaign.

UnitingCare Tasmania chief executive officer Lindy O’Neill said the appeal offered a practical way for people to support those who are less well-off.

“We all know how cold Tasmanian winters can be and this is a good excuse for people to raid their wardrobes for that coat which has not be worn for years or that blanket which is now no longer needed, and is just taking up space at the back of a cupboard,” Ms O’Neill said.

“For a local person or family struggling to ward off the winter chill it will offer some much needed warmth during what is a bleak time for many.’’

Ms O’Neill said many low income Tasmanians cannot afford to continuously operate their heating during winter and the warmth offered by a coat or blanket is a real blessing.

“Some people find themselves in dire financial straits and this can happen for a multitude of reasons. Often this is out of the person’s control,” she said.

“This support from Bendigo Bank is greatly appreciated as it will help us make the winter a little warmer for many people.”

Chris Weston, Tasmanian state manager at Bendigo Bank’s joint-venture, Community Sector Banking, said UnitingCare Tasmania plays an important role in the community.

“Not-for-profits like UnitingCare Tasmania are essential for strong communities, particularly in difficult times such as the coming winter, providing services to those who need it most,’’ Mr Weston said.

“We were so excited to be involved in this initiative last year – the response from the community was overwhelming. We’re delighted to be a part of it again.

“Through strong community support, UnitingCare Tasmania is able to show how small acts of kindness can make a big difference. We’re proud to call them a customer and to support them in their work.’’

The appeal will conclude on 30 June.

Participating branches are located at –

  • 43 Mary St, Cygnet
  • Shop 4, Southgate Shopping Centre, Dover
  • 13 Church St, Geeveston
  • 120 Main Rd, Moonah
  • 45 Murray St, Hobart
  • 11 Main St, Huonville
  • Shop 34, Channel Court Shopping Centre, 37-43 Channel Hwy, Kingston
  • 1628 Main Rd, Nubeena
  • 9 Bayfield St, Rosny Park
  • Sorell Shopping Plaza, 12 Cole St, Sorell
  • 1/64 Burgess St, Bicheno
  • 49 Emu Bay Rd, Deloraine
  • 139 Hobart Rd, Kings Meadows
  • Shearwater Shopping Centre, 2-4 Club Dve, Shearwater
  • 38 St John St, Launceston
  • 1 Victoria St, Swansea
  • Cnr Wilson and Cattley Streets, Burnie
  • 70 Rooke St, Devonport
  • 33 Orr St, Queenstown
  • 28A Reibey St, Ulverstone


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