READERS are urged to vote for the Gloucestershire charities, groups and schools they believe would be worthy winners of a £30,000 minibus.
Dozens of organisations have already entered the competition, which is being backed by Gloucester Rugby and the city’s Pied Piper Appeal.
But people across the county have been urged to nominate their favourite groups which they believe deserve to snap up the brand new Ford Transit bus.
So far dozens of charities, primary schools, sports groups and scout and cadet troops have so far entered the contest, which is being led by both the Gloucester Citizen and the Gloucestershire Echo.
Nick Broady, chairman of The Pied Piper Appeal, Gloucester’s prime charity for sick children, is delighted to back the contest as he knows too well the social benefits transport can provide group users in the county.
The charity, which has received in excess of £100,000 from Gloucester Rugby during their longstanding working relationship, has donated a number of buses to needy groups from as far and wide as Stonehouse to the Forest of Dean.
Mr Broady said: “At the Heart of the Forest School, they had a bus which they were no longer able to get through the MOT because it was so old and if we could not have replaced it, they would have had no choice but to cancel some of the things they do, like going horse riding and taking the children out into the wider community.
“We just think this is a fantastic way to support children in the county. And the winners will make it available to other groups in their community. To us, that’s hugely important as it can touch the lives of another group of children that we haven’t helped before.
“It is important we get these children out and about to have different experiences so, for us, we are pleased to get behind the competition to get another bus into the community.”
Among the entrants is Cooper’s Edge School, which is among those groups which have pledged to loan the minibus to other organisations who may benefit from it.
One school, youth group, charity or sports group in the county can win a brand new minibus.
Groups must register their interest in the Win a Minibus Campaign on either the Echo or Citizen website before Wednesday August 6.
Then, all registered groups will be featured in both papers so readers can start collecting tokens for their favourites from August 22.
Groups will have to gain 100 tokens per competition entry. They can enter the competition as many times as they wish, provided each completed application form has the correct number of tokens attached.
If a group collects 10,000 tokens, they will receive 100 entries for the draw.
Groups to enter so far (as of July 30):
Ruskin Mill Trust
Brockworth Albion FC
The Federation of Newent Schools (Glebe Infants & Picklenash Juniors)
Coopers Edge School
46th Gloucester Scout Group
Together in Matson
7 Bamboos Rugby
Walmore Hill Primary School
5th Gloucester Boys Brigade
Steam Mills Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Barnwood Church of England Primary School
Maypole Youth Group
Stroud Sea Cadets
Inspiration (Baton Twirling Group)
Withington C of E Primary School
Variations Academy of Dance
Friends of Alderman Knight School
Winchcombe Youth Partnership
St David C of E Primary School
Battledown Centre for Children and Families
Hesters Way neighbourhood project
AFC Cheltenham Football Club
Cheltenham C.S Reds
Oak Hill CofE Primary School
2328 Bishop's Cleeve Sqn Air Training Corps
1St Hatherley scout group
Tewkesbury Baptist Church Youth