Shop­per ini­tia­tive to help war vet­er­ans

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

■ Coles Su­per­mar­kets are call­ing on shop­pers to go be­yond paus­ing for two min­utes si­lence this Re­mem­brance Day by do­nat­ing to a fundrais­ing cam­paign to help re­turned mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies.

The su­per­mar­ket chain has part­nered with char­ity Brav­ery Trust, for­merly called the Aus­tralian Defence Force As­sis­tance Trust, to raise money for the cause from Oc­to­ber 28 to Novem­ber 11. Coles will match ev­ery dol­lar cus­tomers do­nate to the trust at the check­out or via Coles On­line, up to their tar­get fig­ure of $500,000.

Funds do­nated to Brav­ery Trust will be used to pro­vide financial as­sis­tance to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies for hous­ing and util­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, trans­port, food and health care.

Coles WA gen­eral man­ager Neil Lake said the North West had shown strong sup­port for sim­i­lar cam­paigns in the past.

“Given their prox­im­ity to RAAF Base Curtin, there are many cus­tomers and team mem­bers in the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley that have a friend or fam­ily mem­ber in the defence force nearby,” he said.

“Ear­lier this year, shop­pers in Kar­ratha, Ku­nunurra, South Hed­land and (Broome) Chi­na­town helped to raise more than $1600 for the Brav­ery Trust by pur­chas­ing do­na­tion cards at the check­out of their lo­cal Coles su­per­mar­ket. We would love to see lo­cals em­brace the cam­paign again.”

Pil­bara shop­pers can do­nate to the cam­paign at Coles Kar­ratha, Ku­nunurra, South Hed­land or Broome Chi­na­town su­per­mar­kets.

Pic­ture: The Brav­ery Trust

Brav­ery Trust in­au­gu­ral am­bas­sador and Vic­to­ria Cross re­cip­i­ent Daniel Keighran.

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