COLES Glenorchy, in partnership with Guide Dogs Australia, has raised more than $300 through a major fundraising drive to help support people who are blind or have low vision.
From 7 March to 5 April, Coles customers were given the opportunity to donate at registers and buy token cards for $2, as well as donate their Flybuys points.
The funds will go towards fully training a guide dog puppy so it can provide important assistance to help someone who is blind or vision impaired to live as independently as possible.
Coles stores across Tasmania raised more than $4400 in total for the cause.
Coles state manager Ian Burl said his staff knew the important role guide dogs played in supporting independence and improving quality of life.
“We’re very pleased to be able to help Guide Dogs Australia and the local work that they do in Tasmania by launching this fundraiser drive,” he said.
“Our customers have dug deep to support this important cause.”
Guide Dogs Australia visited the Coles Glenorchy team members and customers in early March to officially launch the campaign.
During the visit they received the opportunity to meet the guide dogs and ambassadors to learn more about the role they played in making a difference to people’s lives.
“Having guide dogs Taylor and Dexter into our store reminded us what great companions and assistants they can be in our local community,” Coles Glenorchy team member Annette Burgess said.
“We were delighted to help raise funds for such a great cause and thank our customers and team for all their support.”
Guide Dogs Australia national manager Sacha Koltun said she was delighted to have Coles as a long-term supporter of Guide Dogs Australia.
“Coles team members and customers are helping to breed, raise and train working guide dogs to give them the greatest gift of all – independence and confidence to a blind or vision-impaired person,” she said.
Since Coles first partnered with Guide Dogs Australia in 1982, customers and staff have raised more than six million to help raise, train and support more than 160 guide dogs across Australia.
Caption: From left, Coles Glenorchy manager Russell Colgrave, Guide Dogs Australia ambassadors Roberta Lovwein, Zoe Polacik and Coles Glenorchy team Lea Conlay, Annette Burgess, Marty Leason with guide dogs Taylor and Dexter.