St.Giles among recipients of Shiploads generosity

Shiploads supporting Tasmanians through COVID-19

St.Giles are one of the grateful recipients of hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes and faces masks as part of Shiploads efforts to help Tasmanians through COVID-19.

More than $500,000 worth of sanitiser – or 60,000 litres – has been donated by Shiploads to charitable organisations, Tasmanian sporting and community clubs and groups to assist them to meet their COVID-19 safety plans.

Shiploads Managing Director Ashley Wilson said through word of mouth, the company had already distributed $386,000 of sanitiser statewide through its 13 stores to more than 300 different recipients.

“They include 126 football clubs, 16 netball associations, Little Athletics, the Salvation Army, Variety Club of Tasmania, RSL clubs, Lions clubs, tennis, basketball and soccer clubs, and numerous disability services,” he said.

Mr Wilson said Shiploads had also added in 70,000 packets of anti-bacterial wipes, 400 auto hand sanitiser dispenser units, disinfectant and face masks.

“We are very pleased that we have been able to turn our overstock issue into necessary community support,” he said.

“COVID-19 safety compliance is an important focus right now and will be into the future.

St Giles Chief Development Officer Nic Stephen said during 2020, St Giles’ teams were on the frontline, providing COVID-safe services to more than 3000 vulnerable Tasmanians.

“They did not miss a day,” he said.

“This significant donation by Shiploads provides our teams and those we serve with security.

“We also value the recognition by Shiploads of the value of people who work or are participants in the disability sector.”

Clubs Tasmania Project Manager Andrew Moore said his organisation, part of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association, had more than 230 community, sporting and RSL member clubs, who were largely run by volunteers.

“We’re really pleased to facilitate the distribution of this generous donation to our members and help reduce costs for the clubs so they can keep thriving,” he said. “This donation will really help clubs and sporting organisations to save money and remain compliant with COVID regulations and keep their participants and our community safe.”