IGA to raise funds for Special Olympics

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 19th May 2011

IGA stores nationwide are supporting Special Olympics Australia this May with a month-long promotion where one customer will win a trip to Athens, Greece for the 2011 Special Olympics in June.

IGA first partnered with Special Olympics Australia in 2001 to launch a range of Special Olympics branded products, to increase awareness of the organisation and raise much needed funds to support Special Olympics Australia growing into new communities across the country.

The IGA Signature range gives 2c back to the IGA Community Chest for every pack sold, plus an extra 2c to Special Olympics Australia from over 385 products in the range – a total of around $100,000 a year. These funds allow Special Olympics Australia to provide a quality multi-sports program to over 4,000 Australians living with an intellectual disability.

“IGA has donated over $1 million since we began the relationship with Special Olympics Australia a decade ago and it is fantastic to see what a difference these funds have made. 131 athletes from across Australia are going to Greece this year and it is such a special moment for them. This only happens once every four years and they are very excited as many of them never have been on a plane let alone represented their country,” said  IGA national chairman, Mick Daly.

“You know it really makes us stop and think as retailers that our customers in communities across Australia make these things happen, not because we have to, but because we want to. It makes us proud to be Australian IGA retailers.”

Entries for the trip to Athens can be made with a barcode and receipt for purchase of eligible items, or by making a donation to the Special Olympics via their website.

Special Olympics Australia started over 40 years ago and provides a quality multi sports program to over 4,000 Australians living with an intellectual disability. The organisation is made up of thousands of volunteers and families who offer support and a network for those who are or who have a disabled family member.