Seventeen years ago, a small group of like minded, enthusiastic people got together to start a Winter coat collection drive called OFF YOUR BACK. The idea was that no money would ever change hands, it would be pure & simple with no collateral & only an email directing people to collect & take their pre-loved coats to be re-distributed to the staggering number of homeless in Victoria.
There are no long committee meetings or sponsor-led budgets. A viral email goes out to our own email lists, people respond by leaving their coats at one of the OFF YOUR BACK drop off spots – they love knowing their much-loved items are going on to another life with people who really need them. The drive now includes school collections, company collections and individual volunteers who collect, drive to collection spots and help with the running of the program annually.