CHARITIES AND FOUNDATIONS
Many of our retailers partner with charities, (or even have their own foundations), to make a difference in the lives of people, animals and the planet.
Here is a small selection of our retailers and the wonderful causes they support:
PANDORA believe giving back is important. This is why they’ve partnered with i=Change, so they can work together to make a difference in the community.
WHAT IS I=CHANGE®?
PANDORA donates $1 from every purchase to your selected charity initiative through the online platform, i=Change. To donate $1 to your chosen charity, simply place your order as normal. At the end of the transaction, a pop-up will appear asking you to choose from the following charities:
- THE STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION - Help sick kids flourish and build resilience. The Starlight Children's Foundation provides sick children with joy and laughter, by making their dreams come true with a 'Starlight Wish' or fun activities in the hospital.
- RAISE FOUNDATION - It takes a village to raise a child. The Raise Foundation provides professional mentoring for disengaged high school students. They support their mentor volunteers with training and resources.
- NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION - Help fund ground-breaking breast cancer research. The National Breast Cancer Foundation aims for zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. Show your support and contribute to improving how breast cancer is prevented, diagnosed, managed and treated. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
To find out more visit Pandora's website
Fight against Hunger
Optus have partnered with Foodbank to help provide meals to families in need.
They are fundraising for Foodbank and you can help by making a donation in store or online. 100% of contributions will be donated to Foodbank.
Donate Your Data
Optus has partnered with children’s education charity The Smith Family for their ‘Donate Your Data’ program to help provide disadvantaged children who can’t afford internet access.
Optus also support a number of community programs including:
- Digital Thumbprint – A digital education program that teaches students how to have a positive online presence and stay cyber safe.
- Mobile Student2Student – A project in collaboration with The Smith Family, mobile student2student aims at helping disadvantaged kids in Years 3 – 8 improve their reading levels over mobile phone, with the help of a reading buddy. In 2014, the program reached 500 reading pairs, with 94% of students improving their literacy levels.
- Kid's Helpline at School Digital - The Kids Helpline @ School (KAS) digital program was developed to help make cyberspace a better place for primary age students and aims to build resilience, coping strategies and digital knowledge about topics such as respectful relationships online, cyberbullying and the positive use of technology.
To find out about these community initiatives and more, check out the Optus website
and don’t forget to pop into our Optus store!
Country Road partners with Redkite, one of Australia’s leading cancer charities for children and young people. They supports families with Redkite’s practical support pack, and have provided over 4000 packs to date. These packs are designed, produced and filled by Country Road with items designed to make the families more comfortable during their stay in hospital. Since the partnership began in 2008, Country Road has raised more than $900,000 for Redkite through customer, employee and corporate fundraising.
My School MyVillage MyPlanet
As one of South Africa’s most successful fundraising programs, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is focused on improving education and social development, by raising and delivering essential funding to schools and charities. Every time customers swipe their MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporter cards, a percentage of their purchase is donated by the Group to the customer’s chosen school and/or charity on their behalf.
Through Country Road’s Fashion Trade program, more than 44,000 items of clothing and accessories were donated by customers and Country Road, contributing in excess of $2.1 million (in retail value) to the Red Cross in Australia and New Zealand.
Find out more on the Country Road website
and visit our Country Road store
The Cotton On Foundation
COTTON ON GROUP (Cotton On, Cotton On Body, Cotton On Kids, Rubi, and Typo )
Their mission is to develop 20,000 educational places by 2020. When you purchase a bottle of water, mints, a tote bag or tissues from Cotton On, Cotton On Body, Cotton On Kids, Rubi or Typo, you’re helping to support this foundation. These products can be found in over 1,500 Cotton On Group stores globally with 100% off the proceeds contributing to empowering youth through quality education. Through a unique partnership with customers and team members, the Cotton On Foundation is focused on empowering youth globally through the delivery of quality educational projects in Uganda, South Africa, Thailand and Australia.
Check out all the other life changing projects that The Cotton On Foundation
have completed on their website, and don’t forget to get in to our Cotton On store
to buy a Cotton On Foundation product and change a life today!
Have you seen the range of the beautiful accessories at Sportsgirl with The Butterfly Foundation logo on them, and wondered what it is all about?
Well, every time you buy an accessory from the Sportsgirl Butterfly Range, you’re helping to contribute towards The Butterfly Foundation’s programs to promote positive body image and help Aussies with eating disorders and their families.
So far, Sportsgirl has raised over $2.6 million for The Butterfly Foundation, enabling the support of more than 100,000 Australians with eating disorders or negative body image issues.
Did you know?
After obesity and asthma, eating disorders are the most common illness in females aged 15 – 24 and Anorexia Nervosa is the most serious of all psychiatric illnesses in Australia. It has even been diagnosed in children as young as 8 years old, with 75% of cases starting before the age of 16. Bulimia Nervosa more commonly affects older teenagers and young adults.
How can I get involved?
Just purchase any of the Butterfly products available at Sportsgirl
or visit the Sportsgirl website
for more information.
Coles Supermarkets partners with numerous local and international charities to raise funds and awareness for important causes.
More than 680 Coles supermarkets across Australia donate surplus fresh food to around 1300 community food programs which provide meals to disadvantaged Australians. Over the past seven years, donations from Coles have equated to 50 million meals. In addition to providing food donations, Coles also raises funds for SecondBite through the sale of $2 donation cards and shopping bags.
Coles is proud to support Redkite, which helps provide essential support and financial assistance to children and young people with cancer and their families.
Over the past five years, Coles team members and customers have raised $28 million for Redkite, which has enabled support for families around 120,000 times by helping to provide counselling services at hospital bedsides, financial assistance and scholarships for young cancer patients and survivors.
Clean Up Australia
As one of Australia’s largest retailers, Coles recognises its responsibility to the environment. That’s why we they always looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and contribute to the communities in which they operate. In late 2017, Coles was partnered with Clean Up Australia on environmental initiatives, such as Clean Up Australia Day and our Community Bags program, which encourages our customers to use reusable shopping bags.
Coles has a long history of supporting the communities in which we operate by raising funds for disaster relief. Coles team members and customers support relief efforts by donating funds as well as essential supplies to communities in need.
Visit the Coles
website or check out our Coles store
for more information.
Woolworths use their resources and skills to partner with the communities they are part of to improve the health and well-being of our customers, creating employment opportunities for young Australians and New Zealanders, and supporting communities facing natural disasters with emergency relief and post-disaster recovery. Some of their initiatives include Free Fruit for Kids, Earn and Learn, S.T.A.N.D., White Ribbon and programs with their food rescue partners such as OzHarvest and Foodbank.
Every 50c donated to OzHarvest directly assists them in keeping more than 50 drivers on the road, rescuing surplus fresh food from around the country, and delivering it daily, and free of charge to over 1300 charities across Australia Over the past 4 years, Woolworth’s annual Appeal has helped OzHarvest deliver an extra 7,600,000 meals.
Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, providing 60 million meals a year to more than 2400 charities around the country. This accounts for 75% of all the food distributed to charities by food rescue organisations in Australia. Last year, Foodbank distributed 33 million kilograms of food and groceries with a retail value of more than $200 million. Woolworths has been a Foodbank ‘National Donor’ since 2002, donating more than 15 million kilograms of food and groceries to date.
Salvation Army S.T.A.N.D program (Support Through Australian Natural Disasters)
Woolworths partners with the S.T.A.N.D program to raise funds for communities affected by natural disasters. Fund raising through corporate donations, customer donations and sales of specially marked bottled water contribute towards helping communities with disaster response, recovery and resilience.
Drop in to our Woolworths store or check out the Woolies website
Learn more about ways to shop sustainably and ethically here.