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Local Charities

Local community initiatives

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 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, 209kb)

Cheer for the Kids Appeal, NSW and ACT

Since 2001, Coles has partnered with Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, raising over $3.2 million to date.

In 2011, our supermarkets in NSW and the ACT launched the Coles Cheer for the Kids Appeal to provide vital funds for the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. In 2016, the Coles Cheer for the Kids Raffle raised more than $400,000. All funds raised make a difference to the 65,000 seriously ill and injured children the Sydney Children’s Hospital cares for each year.

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Children's Health Foundation, QLD

With the support of our customers, Coles has helped the Children’s Hospital Foundation to care for Queensland’s sick kids for more than 30 years. Since 1986 our longstanding partnership has helped raise over $6 million dollars to fund life-changing medical research, purchase vital new equipment and provide comfort, entertainment, support and are for children and their families.

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Hummingbird House - Queensland's only children's hospice

At any given time in Queensland, there are 3,700 children living with a life-limiting condition. In 2014, Coles stores across Queensland joined together with their customers to fundraise and help build Hummingbird House. Now open, Hummingbird House provides short break stays, family wellbeing services, creative therapies and care at the end of life. With more than $800,000 raised since 2014, Coles has helped Hummingbird House become a place where kids can be kids, families can reconnect and precious memories can be made.

Hummingbird House

Tour Down Under, SA and NT

Coles sponsored the 2015 Tour Down Under held in January, providing more than 12,000 bananas, 3,500 apples, 3,500 pears, 7,000 muffins, 4,000 Goulburn Valley Fruit tubs and 7,000 bottles of Powerade to the participants of the BUPA Challenge Cycling Tour which raises funds for the Cancer Council.

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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 food to promote healthy eating with children and creating a sea of red and white Coles balloons.

In 2015, Coles played an integral role in the upgrade of the Special Care Nursery at University Hospital Geelong. In 2016, Coles stores around Geelong and Warrnambool hosted golf days, co-ordinated trivia nights and held barbeques at Coles stores, raising $35,000 to help upgrade University Hospital Geelong’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre.

Barwwon Health Foundation

Share the Dignity, VIC

In 2015, Coles supermarkets in Victoria partnered with Share the Dignity, with Coles customers and team members donating more than 12,000 items to this cause so far. Share the Dignity aims to provide homeless and at-risk women across Australia with sanitary products to allow them a sense of dignity at a time when they need it most. From August 2017, customers can support Share the Dignity at all Coles supermarkets throughout Victoria.

ShareThe Dignity

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, WA

From October to November 2016, Coles launched a new partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF). Coles stores in Western Australia sold hats, plush dolls and $2.00 collectable cards to raise more than $76,000.

JDRF is the leading global organisation funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and all funds donated from Coles will help the organisation to continue their work in accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D.

Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief

Coles has a long and proud history of supporting the communities in which it operates by raising funds for disaster relief. Most recently in 2016, we supported relief efforts linked with extreme bushfires in the South West of Western Australia by working with many local organizations to donate essential supplies to areas where they were needed and raising more than $230,000 to support Red Cross with their disaster relief and recovery work efforts.

Other relief efforts

Cyclone Marcia

In 2015, we worked with the Salvation Army, Red Cross, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Givit to transport food, water and other supplies to those impacted by Cyclone Marcia, and arranged for the urgent delivery of Coles gift cards as part of the Queensland Government’s emergency assistance package.

Adelaide Hills bushfires

During the 2015 Adelaide Hills bushfires, South Australians dug deep for those affected and Coles matched the customer donations dollar-for-dollar, donating $450,000 in total to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

WA Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund

Coles matched the generosity of its customers dollar-for-dollar and supported the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund to aid the victims of the 2014 Western Australia bushfires, donating more than $430,000.

Tasmanian bushfires

In 2013 when bushfires caused widespread destruction across Tasmania, Coles was proud to support the community during its time of need. Coles donated $350,000 to Red Cross from the profits of the 16 Tasmanian stores and national customer donations.

Helping rebuild Queensland

In 2011 when the worst floods in 50 years struck Queensland, Coles team members and customers donated $5.35 million to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, including $1 million donated directly by Coles.

Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires

In 2009 when bushfires devastated Victoria, Coles team members and customers contributed close to $10 million to the relief effort through fundraising, team member donations, goods and food in kind, volunteering and donating a day's profit.