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IGA helps ease the burden of Christmas for Local Charities

Christmas is a stressful time for many in our community, including the charitable organisations that tirelessly help those who are doing it particularly tough at this time of year.

Today, the Independent Grocers Association of Tasmania (IGA TAS) has donated over $50,000 IGA Food Cards to several welfare agencies to help those charities put food on the tables of the less fortunate this Christmas.

CEO of Tasmanian Independent Retailers and IGA stores representative, Grant Hinchcliffe said he was proud to once again support these vital Tasmanian community organisations.

“These donations are just one of the ways IGA assists the Tasmanian community and all of the 83 IGA outlets throughout Tasmania are extremely proud to show their support in what is believed to be one of the largest public giving campaigns in Tasmania,” said Mr Hinchcliffe.

“A total of $55,000 was donated and shared between the Launceston City Mission & Hobart City Mission, Anglicare, Launceston Benevolent Society & UnitingCare Tasmania (Hobart Benevolent Society), St Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvation Army and Launceston Legacy to assist in the vital work they do for those in need of food, warmth, shelter and comfort across Tasmania.”

Today’s donation take IGA’s community support for 2015 to over $200,000 which includes donations to Make A Wish Australia, Cancer Council Tasmania, Give Me 5 For Kids, St.Giles, Tasmanian Little Athletics, Athletics Tasmania, Northern Tasmania Junior Football Association & Launceston Football Club.

Mr Hinchcliffe said despite a continuing tight economy as well as increased competition from the larger chains, IGA was committed to supporting charitable, and other organisations.

“In addition to these significant donations, individual IGA stores across Tasmania assist in fundraising activities for local organisations, such as schools, community organisations and sporting clubs,” he said.