Wednesday, 23 March 2021: Woolworths is bolstering its support for those affected by the floods on the Eastern seaboard of Australia by kickstarting additional fundraising for S.T.A.N.D (Support Through Australian Natural Disasters) partner, The Salvation Army, with a $100,000 donation.
From tomorrow, Woolworths customers across NSW and ACT will also be able to support the work of The Salvation Army by rounding up their purchases to support the charity’s relief efforts for flood affected communities.
From Wednesday 24 March to Sunday 28 March, Woolworths supermarket customers who spend over $30 in store (or $15 in Woolworths Metro stores) will be given the opportunity to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar at self-serve checkouts. All funds raised will be donated directly to S.T.A.N.D partner, The Salvation Army, to support its work during times of natural disaster.
Drawing on funds raised through the Woolworths S.T.A.N.D program over the last year, The Salvation Army has already begun supporting those evacuated from their homes, as well as emergency service crews, providing thousands of meals to those impacted. The Salvation Army is currently operating across several evacuation centres across the state with a key presence between Taree and Nambucca Heads on the Mid North Coast.
Brad Banducci, Woolworths Group CEO said: “Our thoughts are with all our customers, teams and communities that have been impacted by widespread flooding across NSW.
“In times of crisis it is so important that we act quickly and work better together to support those in our community who are most in need. Through the Woolworths S.T.A.N.D program, we partner with The Salvation Army, Foodbank, Lifeline and Rural Aid to ensure they can perform the vital role of providing practical on ground assistance and emotional support to communities during times of disaster.”
The Salvation Army’s Secretary for Communications, Neil Venables (Lt Col) said: "Woolworths' support helps keep The Salvation Army's emergency response capability in a 24/7 state of readiness, allowing us to move quickly to help first responders and communities in times of disaster.
“The leading donation of $100,000 is greatly appreciated, as is the checkout round up in its New South Wales supermarkets. We are honoured to stand with Woolies in these trying times for so many fellow Australians."
In partnership with customers, Woolworths raised $5 million for S.T.A.N.D Charity partners (The Salvation Army, Lifeline, Foodbank and Rural Aid) in 2020. These funds help those charities to act quickly in times of natural disaster and support the long term rebuilding of the communities impacted.
Woolworths’ S.T.A.N.D program was specifically created to provide ongoing support to communities impacted by Australian natural disasters.
Customers can also donate their Everyday Rewards dollars* to any of our Woolworths charity partners, including S.T.A.N.D in the form of an eGift card. To send an eGift card to charity, simply login or register at Woolworths Gift Cards.