Schools, local businesses and the public have been working hard to make Traralgon Central Rotary Club's annual Give A Damn Give A Can appeal one of the most successful ever.
The appeal, in aid of the St Vincent De Paul Society, ran from 21-27 May with Traralgon Central members collecting cans to fill the shelves at the St Vinnies HQ the following Monday morning.
 
Pictured above (clockwise from top left) are: Traralgon Central members unloading cans at the St Vinnies HQ; a promotional banner on the approach to Traralgon; a collection of cans at a local primary school; cans filling the shelves at St Vinnies; President Ian Round chips in; secondary school children taking a break from their efforts. 
 
By midday more than 5000 cans had been collected with plenty more to come in.
At the latest Traralgon Central meeting Ian Whitehead reported that it looked as if 8000 cans had been collected with some more still to come in.
The cans help fill the St Vinnies' food parcels during the winter months when they are needed most.
The appeal has been running since 1992 and has become an accepted institution in the Latrobe Valley town with the distinctive red collection bins peppering the suburbs. Primary and secondary schools are big contributors but both large and small local businesses also help out.