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IGA spreads Christmas joy to assist local charities this festive season

While Christmas is a merry time for most, it can be a stressful challenge for disadvantaged members of the Tasmanian community.

Grant Hinchcliffe the CEO of TIR/IGA Tasmania, presenting a cheque to the worthy charitable organisations.

To assist a number of charitable organisations put food on the tables of the less fortunate this Christmas, IGA Supermarkets Tasmania (IGA) has donated $50,000 in IGA food cards to several Tasmanian welfare agencies.

CEO of Tasmanian Independent Retailers and IGA stores representative, Grant Hinchcliffe said he was pleased to once again support these valuable Tasmanian community organisations, who work tirelessly to provide some relief for those doing it tough during the festive season.

“These donations are just one of the ways IGA assists the Tasmanian community. All of the 81 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 $50,000 has been donated and distributed amongst the Launceston City Mission and Hobart City Mission, Anglicare, Launceston Benevolent Society and UnitingCare Tasmania (Hobart Benevolent Society), St Vincent de Paul Society and The Salvation Army to support the vital work they do for those in need of food, warmth and shelter across Tasmania.”

With this round of donations, IGA’s community support for 2016 has reached approximately $170,000 and includes donations to Rural Business, Make-A-Wish Australia, Cancer Council Tasmania, St.Giles, Tasmanian Little Athletics, Launceston Tornadoes, Northern Tasmania Junior Football Association and Launceston Football Club, as well as support via CEO Sleepout.

Despite a continuing tight economy and increased rivalry from larger supermarket chains, Mr Hinchcliffe said IGA was committed to supporting local charities, as well as other organisations.

Since 2010, IGA has donated approximately $1.3 million to local charities, support agencies and sporting organisations.