Woolworths to match customer flood donations

Posted by Josette Dunn on 14th January 2011

All Australians have been shocked and saddened by the impact of the floods in Queensland this week, and many businesses and individuals have shown incredible generosity in their donations of time, money and goods to the affected communities.


Coles customers have now donated over $1 million to help the victims of the Queensland flood disaster.  Coles Operations Director Stuart Machin said the customer donation tally was in addition to the $1 million Coles has donated to the QLD Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

“We’ve been thrilled with the generosity our customers across the country have shown for this appeal,” Mr Machin said.

Mr Machin said that while the greatest percentage of the customer donations has come from Queensland, customers around Australia have rallied to help the flood victims.
“It’s been very heartening to see customers from other states rally to support Queenslanders who are battling such difficult circumstances.”

Coles has also been supporting its Queensland fresh produce suppliers, relaxing quality specifications to help suppliers sell fruit and vegetables which have suffered cosmetic blemishes during the floods.

Fosters will commit $500,000 in cash and kind to be donated via: a donation to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Fund; direct assistance to employees and their families who been affected by the floods; distribution of non-alcohol products to emergency workers and affected residents; and matching employee donations to the Relief Fund.

Woolworths is supporting The Salvation Army Flood Appeal, which will direct aid to flood affected communities.  Woolworths have announced that they will match, dollar for dollar, donations made at any Woolworths supermarket, BIG W or Dick Smith until next Thursday, 20 January.

Customers can simply add a donation to their shopping bill – or make a donation without purchase – and know their generosity will be doubled. All donations over
$2 will receive a tax receipt at the checkout.

There are now more volunteers than can be usefully employed, but what is still needed is monetary donations.

So far $1.5 million has been donated by Woolworths customers and will be matched by Woolworths. There will be no limit to Woolworths’ donation – they will simply match the generosity of customers.

Woolworths will also continue to provide The Salvation Army with essential items to assist in their emergency relief efforts.