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IGA stores hand out $60,000 to local charities & community-based organisations

15 December 2010

In what has been billed as one of Tasmania’s largest giving ceremonies, the States IGA retailer network will today present worthy charities and community based organisations more than $60,000 in donations as part of their annual ongoing commitment of approximately $250,000 to the community sector in Tasmania.

Chief Executive Officer, Grant Hinchcliffe was joined by representatives of charities including Launceston and Hobart City Mission, St Vincent’s de Paul Society, Salvation Army Benevolent Society, Make A Wish Foundation, Legacy, Camp Quality and Cerebral Palsy fund raiser, Charles Seaman at the presentation ceremony who were overwhelmed with the organizations generosity.

Mr Hinchcliffe said there are 93 IGA outlets throughout Tasmania who are extremely proud of the support they provide to so many worthy organizations within our local community. “IGA retailers throughout the far reaches of Tasmania are supported by their local community every day and so it is important that in return we show that we support them back.

“If you add up our support in the current year the amount committed thus far is around $250,000 which must be one of the largest public giving campaigns in the state. This amount is based on the donations and support provided by Tasmanian Independent Retailers on behalf of its IGA retailer network and excludes the many thousands of dollars in additional support that is provided on an almost daily basis by many individual retailers and small business operators that trade under the IGA brand.

“Our members do this because we are local and we want everybody to know if they shop local, then the benefits are returned at a local level.”

Presentations made today include:

  • $40,000 in grocery vouchers to help the St Vincent de Paul Society, Hobart and Launceston City Missions, Salvation Army and the Benevolent Society provide vital services to those in need food, warmth, shelter and comfort.
  • $9,500 joint donation to Legacy and Camp Quality. Legacy provides personal support and welfare to the dependents of Australia’s deceased veterans and Camp Quality is the childrens cancer charity.
  • A total of $10,000 for Cerebral Palsy Tasmania through the 1000kms4kids program which sees Charles Seaman swim, run and kayak over 1000km throughout Tasmania during January, and
  • $3,000 additional funding to Special Olympics to help provide sporting opportunities for people with an intellectual disability.