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Safeway/Woolworths to Bring 3000 Kids to the Games

09 Nov 05 01:20
M2006 Logo9 November 2005

A program to reward 3,000 Victorian school children with Commonwealth Games tickets for contributing to their local community was launched today by Premier, Steve Bracks, Woolworths CEO, Roger Corbett and former Australian basketball champion, Andrew Gaze.

Launching the Safeway/Woolworths Bringing Kids to the Games initiative at Clifton Hill Primary School, Mr Bracks said it promised to be one of the most significant corporate community endeavours ever to take place in Victoria.

"Safeway/Woolworths will reward positive contributions made to the community by school children," Mr Bracks said.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for children all over Victoria to experience the excitement of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

“This will also encourage all of us to recognise the great contribution so many young people are making to our communities.”

Almost 200 Victorian Safeway supermarkets have an allocation of tickets to award the schools deemed to have made the biggest contribution to the local community over the past year.

Woolworths CEO, Roger Corbett, said Safeway/Woolworths would not only provide the tickets, but would also transport the students to and from the Games.

“We are delighted to be able to bring the community and the Commonwealth Games together in this way,” Mr Corbett said.

“Safeway/Woolworths has a long history of serving Australian communities and it’s great we can reward children who share this same sense of pride.”

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Chairman, Ronald J Walker, congratulated Safeway/Woolworths for initiating the Bringing Kids to the Games program.

“As an Official Sponsor for Melbourne 2006, Woolworths has been integral in helping to engage and encourage the community to get behind the Games,” Mr Walker said.

“The Woolworths Group Ticket Offer, which has seen over 150 groups purchase 14,000 tickets to the Games so far, has been an outstanding success and I’m positive this campaign will be just as successful.”

Victorian Schools can enter the Bringing Kids to the Games competition by completing an application form (available at www.woolworths.com.au) and returning it to their local Safeway supermarket by December 16, 2005. The selected schools will be announced at the start of the 2006 school year.

The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations taking part in the XVIII Commonwealth Games to be held from 15 – 26 March 2006.

For further information on the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, go to
www.melbourne2006.com.au

Media Contacts

Clare Buchanan
Corporate Communications Manager
Woolworths Ltd
+61 02 8885 1033
cbuchanan@woolworths.com.au

Kylie Speer
Program Coordinator – Media & Publicity
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
+61 438 178 408
kylie.speer@melbourne2006.com.au

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