Local store raises funds for vital research

5 August 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Local store raises funds for vital research|

GLENORCHY Coles store was among the top five fundraisers in Tasmania for FightMND Big Freeze 6, with shoppers and team members raising nearly $15,000 during the six-week campaign to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Across the country, Coles reached a new fundraising record, raising more than $5 million through the sale of beanies and Coles brand fresh pork to support research into finding effective treatment for MND.

“We’re incredibly proud to have raised more than $200,000 in Tassie for FightMND this year,” Coles regional manager Tasmania Scott Franklin said.

“It’s been amazing to see the support from our customers and team members who have driven a lot of local store fundraising initiatives like ice bucket challenges and store raffles.

“We want to say a big thank you to our customers and the local community in Tasmania who have supported the campaign by buying a beanie or Coles brand fresh pork.

“When so many people are doing it tough as a result of COVID-19, it’s wonderful to see the great community spirit and support for such a worthy cause.”

Coles Group chief executive officer Steven Cain said the funds would provide a significant benefit to help those in need.

“There is nothing quite like the passion the community has for an event like the Big Freeze and the admiration Australians feel for Neale Daniher, his family and everyone at FightMND who have dedicated themselves to helping fight the beast that is Motor Neurone Disease,” he said.

An average of two Australians are diagnosed with MND every day, while another two succumb to the disease.

Fight MND chief executive officer Jamie Howden said Coles’ willingness to broaden its support through their extensive network of supermarkets nationwide contributed significantly to the final campaign total.

“Having Coles on board to sell beanies this year has made a huge impact on the fight against MND and on this campaign specifically which faced many challenges due to the restrictions of COVID-19,” he said.

“Not only does this partnership raise vital funds for MND medical research, it also provides an amazing national platform for FightMND to mobilise the message and awareness of how devastating the disease is.”

Caption: From left, Glenorchy Coles employees Logan Nettlefold and Haley Nicholson.

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