Forbes Little Athletics Centre has received an $1100 grant from Coles to buy brand new sports gear thanks to funds raised through the sale of Coles’ Community Chiller Bags.
The Little Athletics centre in Forbes is one of more than 200 centres across Australia to receive funding from Coles to replace or expand its sports equipment.
Funds for the grants are raised through the sale of specially-marked chiller bags designed by eight-year-old Lachie Macdonald from Victoria and 11 year-old Charlie De Bruyn from Western Australia.
For every bag sold, 25 cents is directed to the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund to provide sport equipment grants.
Coles State General Manager Emma Bridges said Coles was delighted to provide grants to help the Little Athletics centres in locations such as Forbes.
“Thanks to our customers who have bought our range of chiller bags at Coles stores, we have been able to provide over $800,000 in grants for Little Athletics centres around Australia to help them purchase equipment to support activities such as High Jump, Discus, Hurdles and the various running events,” Ms Bridges said.
“The Forbes Little Athletics Centre told us they would like to receive a grant for shot puts, discuses, relay batons and high jump equipment and we were delighted to help because we know these are an essential part of Little Athletics to support young budding athletes.”
The new equipment will allow our athletes to compete safely each week and be more competitive at regional and zone competitions. “Sonia Dukes”
Forbes Little Athletics’ Registrar Sonia Dukes said the grant would make a big difference to the centre, which needed new equipment to continually provide a high quality and safe weekly experience for its young athletes.
“The Coles grant will have a huge impact on our centre,” she said.
“The new equipment will allow our athletes to compete safely each week and be more competitive at regional and zone competitions.
“All our athletes and families will benefit from the equipment as we are trying every possible avenue to cut costs for families and allow children to experience athletics in remote areas.”
In addition to the chiller bags, Coles sells Community Bags which help to raise funds for SecondBite, Guide Dogs Australia and Clean Up Australia.
All Community Bags were designed by school children as part of a bag design competition.
Forbes Little Athletics will get under way again in the summer. To keep up to date, follow them on Facebook at Forbes Little Athletics.