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IGA stores throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales have been recognised for their long-standing commitment and dedication to supporting Mater Foundation at the charity’s annual Christmas Breakfast celebration on 9 December.
Over the past 12 years, the IGA partnership has contributed more than $2.6 million through community fundraising activities, to support mothers and babies cared for at Mater.
To honour this incredible generosity and support, IGA has been awarded the annual Betty McGrath award.
Mater Foundation Chief Executive Officer Nigel Harris said the award recognised the unwavering commitment of IGA, in particular to the Mater Little Miracles Easter Appeal since 2004.
“IGA has shown such great generosity over the years, not only at store-level through selling Mater Little Miracles merchandise, but also at the highest levels within the organisation,” Mr Harris said.
“Mater Foundation is proud to partner with IGA throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales and we thank them sincerely for their ongoing support.”
IGA State Board Chairman and Owner and Managing Director Jones Retail Group, Tyrone Jones said IGA was proud to continue to support Mater Little Miracles and the 2000 seriously ill and premature babies cared for at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals each year.
“It is a privilege to be able to accept this award on behalf of all IGA stores throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales, whose employees and customers have contributed so greatly to Mater Little Miracles over many years,” Mr Jones said.
“IGA stores are dedicated to supporting local communities and we are proud that we have been able to do just that through our partnership with Mater.
“Mater Foundation gives back to the community by supporting health and research, which in turn benefits many Queenslanders. It is amazing just how many families have been supported by Mater.”
The Betty McGrath Award was introduced in 2004 to honour the dedication of Betty McGrath; one of Mater’s longest standing Board Members.
Awarded annually to a company, community organisation or an individual, The Betty McGrath Award recognises those who have partnered with Mater in a significant way over a long period of time.
The name Betty McGrath is synonymous with philanthropy and volunteerism, both at Mater and within the wider community, through her lifelong commitment to Lions Clubs Australia.