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Tasmanian charities benefit from record donation from IGA retailers

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

In what has been labelled one of Tasmania’s largest giving ceremonies, the State’s IGA retailer network will today present several worthy charities and community-based organisations with more than $65,000 in donations.

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Representatives from the various organisations were joined by Tasmanian Independent Retailers CEO, Grant Hinchcliffe, who presented the donations on behalf of IGA retailers statewide.

Mr Hinchcliffe said there were 86 IGA outlets throughout Tasmania, all of whom were extremely proud to support so many worthy organisations that operated within their local communities.

“IGA retailers across the state are supported by their local communities every day so it is important that we give back to them accordingly and show our support for the amazing work they do,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.

“A donation of $50,000 was made to the St Vincent de Paul Society, Hobart and Launceston City Missions, Anglicare, Salvation Army and the Benevolent Society to assist in the vital work they do for those in need of food, warmth, shelter and comfort.

“Legacy, an organisation that provides personal support and welfare for the dependents of Australia’s deceased veterans, and the children’s cancer charity Camp Quality were the recipients of a $10,000 joint donation. 

“The Special Olympics also received $5,000 towards their sports training and competitive events for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

“All the recipients have been overwhelmed by the donations, which form part of the IGA’s ongoing commitment of $200,000 to charities and community organisations annually.

Throughout 2012 IGA has donated an estimated $200,000, believed to be one of the largest public giving campaigns in the state, which doesn’t include the many thousands of dollars in additional support provided on a regular basis by individual retailers and small business operators under the IGA brand.

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