Foodland has donated $41,000 to the Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre, funding a new playground and outdoor shelter area, as well as assisting to renovate the dining room.
In addition to this, Foodland have partnered with Romaldi Builders, who have come on board to build and provide the labour for the Crisis Centre project, as well as Mitre 10, who have also provided a $5,000 donation for materials.
The Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre supports women and children who have experienced domestic violence, providing them with short term, emergency accommodation. It also provides all meals and serviced rooms, as well as assistance with transport, childminding and other practical services as possible.
Mr Franklin dos Santos, Chief Executive at Foodland Supermarkets, is happy to help out the centre—especially during such a tough year.
“We know the tragic statistics around domestic violence—not only in Australia, but in South Australia alone,” Mr dos Santos says. “This is such an important cause, and we know that in such a tough year, people are needing these services more than ever. Especially coming up to Christmas.”
“Here at Foodland, as the Mighty South Aussies, we continue to have the South Australian community front of mind. We are passionate about supporting and caring for the local community that supports us – so we are happy to provide a helping hand towards helping the Centre in any way we can.”
“These changes and upgrades will not only ensure the shelter is a safe and secure refuge for those that need it, but they will also provide the children in the centre with the opportunity for a fun space—a playground where they can feel safe during such challenging times in their lives.”
The $41,000 donated has come from the Foodland IGA Community Chest Fund, which raises funds to support local initiatives, communities and other causes. This is all possible through Foodland shoppers purchasing products from the ‘Community Co’ range, as a percentage of each product sold goes directly to the Foodland IGA Community Chest Fund.
Foodland looks forward to continuing to service the South Australian community with these Community Chest funds for years to come.
From left to right: Mario Romaldi, Managing Director of Romaldi Constructions; Franklin dos Santos, CEO of Foodland Supermarkets; Penny Ogden, Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre Manager.