The Christmas spirit is already in the air with Bendigo Bank in Capel donating $2000 to the Dalyellup Community Christmas event last week.

Bendigo Bank Capel customer relationship manager Jo Paul said she was overjoyed to be able to help community groups. “We did our sponsorship a little different this year, we had a pitch night where we were giving away $40,000 to 20 local community groups,” Mrs Paul said.

“We asked groups to apply and they had to pitch for three minutes and at the end of the night we decided to give the money to everyone and the Dalyellup Collective was one of them.

“It’s just a really great feeling to be able to give back to the community.”

Dalyellup Collective coordinator Lisa O’Neill said she was grateful for the help of Bendigo Bank to be able to put the $2000 towards building Father Christmas a new chair, new volunteer vests and new signage for the event.