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Local grocers show support for local Tasmanian charities and community groups

Thursday, 19 December 2013

The State’s IGA retailer network has again demonstrated its support of Tasmanian charities and community based organisations, with donations amounting to more than $200,000 in 2013.
Tasmanian Independent Retailers CEO, Grant Hinchcliffe, said making up part of this overall figure, he was proud to today announce $75,000 in donations to various organisations.

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“As part of our commitment to Tasmanians, $50,000 will be distributed between the St Vincent de Paul Society, City Mission, Anglicare, Australian Red Cross and the Benevolent Society to assist in the vital work they do for those in need of food, warmth, shelter and comfort,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.

“We are also proud to announce that the Make-A-Wish Foundation will receive $20,000 towards granting the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.

“Legacy, an organisation that provides personal support and welfare for the dependents of Australia’s deceased veterans, will also receive $5,000 to continue its vital work in Tasmania.”

Mr Hinchcliffe said other donations throughout the year saw $30,000 in food vouchers provided to the Tasmanian Bush Fire Appeal.

“We also donated $30,000 to Give Me 5 for Kids, an organisation that provides local children's hospital wards with much needed equipment to care for sick children,” he said.
“This year I was also lucky enough to raise more than $17,000 as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.”

Mr Hinchcliffe said there were 85 IGA outlets throughout Tasmania, all of whom were extremely proud to support many of the worthy organisations that operated in their local communities.

“IGA’s donations are believed to be one of the largest public giving campaigns in the State and it’s our belief that as the retailers are supported by their local communities, it is important that we give back to them accordingly and show our support,” he said.

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