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.
“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.