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Local community initiatives

We're part of your community

Our team members and customers are involved in many local clubs and groups, from schools to sport clubs. And our Local Community Support program recognises these grass-roots groups and organisations by providing support to help with fundraisers, raffles, community days and other activities. We love getting involved wherever we can.

If you are seeking support or want to find out how your local store can help, please complete the application form and return it to your local store manager.

Download application form (PDF, 209 kb)

Coles Community Hero

In 2014 we uncovered and celebrate more than 2,000 Coles team members who are passionate about their community – our Coles Community Heroes – and help them to do more for their chosen cause.

We awarded $300,000 in donations and prize money to local unsung heroes across Australia and set aside 30,000 hours – or the equivalent of 14 years in working days – for these team members so they can continue to help out their community organisations of choice during paid work hours. Our winners spent these community hours at over 700 different community organisations across Australia helping out local schools, sporting clubs and charities.

Major prize winners were Trish Anderson (Coles Miami, QLD), Julie McCarron (Coles Express Doncaster, VIC), Mick Newman (Store Development, VIC), Michael Read (Glendale Liquorland, NSW), Matthew Keough (Spirit Hotels Support Centre), and Martin Magee (Smeaton Grange Distribution Centre, NSW) who each shared incredibly inspiring stories of their tireless work in their communities.

Community Hero Logo

Boots for Kids

Football is a common thread among the kids and adults of remote Indigenous communities. In 2013, Coles, The Age and Linfox partnered to help Indigenous communities have access to sporting boots.

Customers dropped off their kids’ used footy boots in the designated drop points at Victorian Coles supermarkets and were then delivered to Indigenous communities.

The boots were sorted and cleaned ready for donation. Mix clothing also donated a pair of socks for every pair of boots. Together we managed to collect just over 4,700 boots.

In 2014 we are expanding to New South Wales, the program kicks off on the 18th August, so don’t forget to bring your pre-loved boots into our New South Wales and Victorian stores.

Boots for Kids logo

Cheer for the Kids Appeal, NSW and ACT

Since 2001, Coles has partnered with the Sydney Children’s Hospital, raising over $2.6 million to date.

In 2011 our supermarkets in NSW and ACT launched the Coles Cheer for the Kids Appeal to help provide vital funds that make a difference to the level of treatment and care the Sydney Children's Hospital can provide to sick and injured children.

Every year, the hospital treats 325,000 children suffering from cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

Children's Health Foundation, Qld

With the support of our customers, Coles has helped the Children’s Hospital Foundation save lives, and make life a little better for sick children and their families at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and from late 2014 the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Since 1989, our longstanding partnership has helped raise over six million dollars for life-changing medical research, equipment and entertainment all aimed at improving outcomes for little patients.

Childrens Health Foundation logo

Arnhem Land Progress Association, NT

Community support from Coles reaches to the furthest corners of Australia, as evidenced by the Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA), which operates 18 remote grocery stores in the Top End employing over 300 Aboriginal people.

ALPA celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012 as a successful Indigenous enterprise selling groceries in what are some of the most remote parts of Australia.  Coles provide fixtures and fittings for these stores, staff exchanges, specialised in store training - such as scratch bakeries - for ALPA employees, and support for ALPA staff in their Retail Certificates II and III. A number of ALPA store managers have also completed their Retail Diplomas. 

As a supporter for more than ten years, we wish ALPA well for the next 40 years!

Tour Down Under, SA and NT

Coles sponsored the 2014 Tour Down Under held in January, providing more than 12,000 bananas, 3,500 apples, 3,500 pears, 7,000 muffins, 7,000 San Remo pasta packs and 7,000 Powerade powder sachets to the participants of the BUPA Challenge Cycling Tour which raises funds for the Cancer Council.
Tour Down Under

Camp Quality, Vic and Tas

For the 19th consecutive year, Coles was a proud supporter of AGFEST in 2013 and donated proceeds from food and drinks sold at its Coles Picnic Area to children’s charity, Camp Quality.

Over the three days, Coles donated 150kg of thin barbeque sausages, 180kg of short-cut bacon and 150kg of Coles Butcher Beef Burgers.

Visitors to the Coles Picnic Area at AGFEST helped raise $39,000 for 16 families affected by cancer.

Camp Quality

Geelong Hospital Gala Day Parade, Vic

Coles has proudly sponsored the Geelong Hospital Gala Day Parade every year since 2009.  Team members from our Geelong stores feature in the Gala Day Parade every year, supporting their local community, handing out fresh apples to promote healthy eating with children and creating a sea of red and white Coles balloons.  Coles recently raised over $30,000 towards the appeal in 2013.

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Hummingbird House - Queensland's only children hospice

At any given time in Queensland, there are 3,700 children living with a life-limiting illness. This means that they aren’t expected to live past 18 years of age.   In 2014, Coles stores across Queensland joined together with their customers to fundraise and help build Hummingbird House, which will provide vital respite and clinical care for families in a home away from home environment.  

To date, the Coles team and their generous customers have raised over $220,000, which will be used to help furnish the family accommodation units, allowing families to stay together while their child receives respite or end-of-life care.

Set to open in late 2015, the state-of-the-art Hummingbird House will be a place where kids can be kids, families can reconnect and create treasured and timeless memories.

For more information about Hummingbird House visit

Hummingbird House Children's Hospice logo

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