For nearly 60 years an army of volunteers has supplied generations of Bendigo families with freshly cut Christmas trees all in the name of a good cause.

They started back in 1954 selling trees for ten and six pence and have continued to do so ever year.

The Christmas tree sale is one of the Y Service Club of Bendigo’s major fundraisers for the year. Money raised goes to a range of community projects, from funding solar panels on community buildings and youth related projects to purchasing mosquito nets in Africa for the fight against malaria.

The main coordinator for the project is Ken Morrison who at 80 plus years is still helping to haul Christmas trees onto the back of a trailer at Dayelsford before driving back to Bendigo for the sale.

He along with many other members all volunteer their time but with an average age of 70 between them they are concerned they won’t be able to continue this service unles they attract younger members.

You can pick up a tree at the Tom Tweed YMCA Stadium in Mundy Street in Bendigo with all proceeds going to charity.

Production by Larissa Romensky, ABC Open

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