Woolworths launch three-year partnership with St.Giles

During October, Woolworths teams will fundraise for the first three, tiny Wizzybug power wheelchairs for Tasmanian toddlers with a disability. St.Giles, Tasmania’s largest children’s disability service, aims to have at least one  Wizzybug in each region by the first quarter of 2022. 

Woolworths Tasmania Operations Manager Tristan Merrett said: “We’re proud to  partner with St Giles to benefit kids with disabilities or special needs across Tasmania.  

A good start: Woolworth’s Graeme Connelly, Jessica Hogarth and her son George, 3, who attends St.Giles, and St.Giles Chief Executive Andrew Billing.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to show how a little good can go a long way,  and we look forward to championing the incredible work of St Giles throughout  October and in the years ahead.”

Children from birth to seven years with disabilities and impairments are the  majority of the 4000 Tasmanians supported by St.Giles each year. 

The face of the October campaign four-year-old George Hogarth comes to St.Giles in Launceston for occupational therapy and physiotherapy. 

George was born with a birthmark on his brain that triggers uncontrollable  seizures. The St.Giles team works with George and his family to re-train his brain to learn new ways to get his little body working. 

The Woolworths October Appeal for St.Giles marks the start of a three-year  partnership and Woolworths’s Tasmanian stores have chosen St.Giles as their state charity partner. 

St.Giles chief executive Andrew Billing said Woolworths impact will benefit  hundreds of Tasmanian families. “We are humbled by Woolworths teams’ willingness to help the many  Tasmanians we serve,” he said. 

“The opportunity to partner with Woolworths means we will have the capacity  to fund vital equipment and create early intervention opportunities for the many  Tasmanian children who fall through the NDIS. 

“The Wizzybug will give toddlers freedom of movement and help them thrive with the ability to be alongside their siblings and peers in the garden, out shopping with family, or in the playground – going wherever they want, whenever they want. 

“If you see a Wizzybug, chances are it was bought for St.Giles by the hard work  of the team at your local Woolies,” he said. 

Find out more about this partnership at Woolworths.