District schools bid for $25,000
WE can confirm at least one principal is jumping out of her skin at the prospect of sharing in $25,000 cash thanks to Warwick Supa IGA and the Daily News.
“It’s a great initiative and we’re all really excited about it,” Warwick Central State School principal Christine Dolley said.
“Something like this really develops community relationships – we support IGA and IGA supports us.”
Warwick Supa IGA owner John Hyslop explained the simple concept.
“When someone shops with us, every dollar they spend will be used as points which they can then nominate to go towards a participating school of their choice,” Mr Hyslop said.
At the end of the promotion, whichever school has the highest amount of points receives the biggest chunk of the $25,000 cash, with the rest also divvied up in proportion to points received.
“IGA always tries to put money back into the local community so we decided we’d earmark $50,000 over 12 months to put back into local schools and sporting and service clubs,” Mr Hyslop said.
“Everyone’s very excited about it – everyone has to buy groceries so this is a bonus and a way for people to help fundraise for their schools.
“I really hope customers get behind the initiative and generates some points for their favourite school.”
Mrs Dolley echoed his wish, with any money Central received at the end of it going towards some sprucing up of equipment.
“We’ve just put interactive whiteboards in the classrooms so some software for that plus other learning equipment to benefit the children would be what we’d use the money for,” she said.
Mrs Dolley was also glad to see the benefits towards the local economy.
“IGA is a great store with what it has to offer as well as promoting local produce,” she said.
“My husband is a small veggie crop farmer and he loves the fact they do a lot to support local produce where they can.”
Mr Hyslop said schools of any size across the Southern Downs could participate in the promotion.
“If the small schools get right behind it and urge as many people as they can to nominate them they could do just as well as the bigger schools,” he said.
The giveaway for schools starts Monday and runs for six months, with the same incentive then offered to sporting and service clubs from December 13.
Warwick Daily News general manager/editor-in-chief Peter Read was proud to be part of the cash giveaway promotion. “We’re pleased to be able to support such an initiative which will give back to our local schools,” Mr Read said. “At a time when cash is sorely needed, this is an incredibly generous initiative on IGA’s part.”
To nominate your school and request the terms and conditions, email firstname.lastname@example.org