LOCAL Fairleys SUPA IGA store has kicked off the new year in a very positive way, making a much needed local donation in the amount of $5,694 to the COGS Fire Brigade Group.
Fairleys SUPA IGA Proprietor, Michael Lorenz said, “This donation is a part of our Community Chest project from the whole of IGA group, so the funds come from the accumulation of the sale of specially marked products.
“Customers simply look out for any products with the Community Chest logo in our latest catalogue, purchase that product and $0.01 from the sale of every one of those products goes towards a special donation like this.
“We chose CFA for this round of donations because what better organisation is there than the CFA. If they were 100 percent funded by the government then they wouldn’t need contributions like this, but they’re not so it’s vital that we get behind them.
“The CFA or any emergency service for that matter, are an organisation that you take for granted until you need them. It isn’t until that time that you realise just how vitally important they are.
“We’re very proud of this program and what it means to the organisations who receive the funds. If you can do what you do in retail and everything else that goes along with it and that in turn can make a bit of a difference in the community, then it makes you feel like you can walk a little bit taller.”
COGS Fire Brigade Group Manager, Ian Martin “We’ve recently received a grant to go towards a new vehicle called a ‘big fill’ and we need to make a local contribution towards that so this is a fantastic boost for that project. Any excess money left over we intend to make available through a grants program for smaller rural brigades in our group area to complete projects, which would be difficult otherwise.
“It’s amazing to have a contribution like this to support local brigades and people who volunteer their time to support the community. This is just wonderful.”