Hervey Bay’s Jarrod Fletcher on his way to winning gold in Melbourne.
Hervey Bay’s Jarrod Fletcher on his way to winning gold in Melbourne.

Coles offer school sport giveaway

AUSTRALIAN athletes will give it their all in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi soon.

Those wearing green and gold in future Games may include some from the Fraser Coast thanks to a new program launched by Coles.

Hervey Bay's Jarrod Fletcher has done it – now others have the chance to follow in his footsteps.

Local schools now have the opportunity to receive thousands of dollars worth of new sporting equipment thanks to the Sports for Schools program.

The program gives primary and secondary schools 10 weeks to collect vouchers that can be redeemed for sporting equipment.

To take part, schools can register online at www.coles.com.au/sportsforschools. Once they register, they will receive a voucher collection box as well as classroom giveaways and activities.

Supporters of the school can collect a voucher for every $10 they spend at Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Bi-Lo and Pick'n' Pay stores. The collection period runs from tomorrow until October 31 and more than $10 million worth of sporting equipment is expected to be given out.

Coles managing director, Ian McLeod, and schools had the chance to get sporting equipment simply through families, friends and the local school community doing their normal weekly shopping at Coles.

“The fact that 30% of Aussie kids do not participate in sport or any physical activities is alarming,” he said.

“We believe the more sporting equipment and activity sets kids have access to, the more likely they are to be active.”

The vouchers will be collected from schools and counted in November and December with the equipment delivered at the start of the 2011 school year.

The program is designed to coincide with Australia's participation in the Delhi Games.



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