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Woolworths Hilton leads the charge in giving kids 350,000 reasons to smile

Fifteen-year-old Daniel from Marleston SA lives with Down Syndrome but he did not let that dampen his dream of being a part of the Junior Special Olympics Squad in basketball and athletics.  It is thanks to the generosity of the local community, and the drive of people like the team at Woolworths Hilton and Store Manager Paul Aquilina, that dreams like Daniel’s become a reality.  

At the re-opening of Woolworths Hilton, the store team presented a cheque, on behalf of all Woolworths stores in SA and NT, for more than $350,000 to Variety the children’s charity. These are the funds raised in the first twelve months of a three-year partnership between Variety and Woolworths stores in SA and the NT.

‘’We are thrilled that so many children just like Daniel will be helped because of this partnership,’’ said Woolworths Hilton Store Manager Paul Aquilina. 

“On behalf of our entire South Australia and Northern Territory team, we would like to thank all Woolworths customers for their ongoing support of fundraising for Variety. This generosity, along with dedication by all of our store teams, will certainly make a difference to the lives of children in need in SA and the NT”.  

Daniel was successful in winning two gold medals for both basketball and long jump, and a bronze medal for shot put at the Junior Special Olympics.

‘’This has increased his confidence immensely,’’ said Daniel’s mother, Libby.

‘Thanks to Variety, Daniel was able to travel to the the Junior Special Olympics on the Gold Coast in July. Without the support of Variety, Daniel would never have had this opportunity,’’ she said.

To help even more children like Daniel, Woolworths customers can make a donation to Variety year round at any checkout in SA, NT and NSW.