The State Emergency Services (SES) provides an important service, and Coles is giving Port Augusta residents the chance to help.
From October 19 until Wednesday to November 1, customers at Coles’ supermarket at Port Augusta can donate to the SES Volunteers’ Association at Coles.
Donations can be made at the checkout when making purchases in an easy system for all who wish to help.
Funding will go towards important training and developing volunteers in the event of an emergency and natural disaster across South Australia.
Coles Port Augusta Store Manager Luke Berges said it’s a ‘fantastic’ idea, especially after the recent once-in-fifty year storm hit SA.
“The amount of work and effort they put in throughout those sort of times is an absolute credit to them,” he said.
“I guess knowing they represent their community so well, it’s a real pleasure to give to them and help them out.
“...Knowing we are such a close-knit community up here in Port Augusta, our SES are our friends, our neighbours, and they dedicate their time to helping us when we need it.”
Coles State General Manager Dave Pieters said Coles’ 55 South Australian stores are glad to help.
“We are incredibly grateful for the volunteers who continually rise to the occasion and lead the service at local level, which we saw during the recent flooding and extreme storms,” he said.
SA’s SES. Volunteers' Association Executive Officer Susan Caracoussis welcomed the support from the community in assisting their efforts in responding to the devastation caused by natural disasters.
“The SES represents the courageous volunteers who respond to a wide range of emergencies and rescues across the state 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365-days a year,” Susan said.
“In the past six months alone, the SES has responded to over 9000 calls for assistance due to severe storms and flooding.
“By donating to the cause, Coles customers are helping us to invest in our volunteers and provide the necessary training and development required to allow them to continue supporting their local communities.”
Coles has also invited 14 South Australian food producers including Balfours, Cibo and Moo Premium to come into its stores to showcase and promote their local products throughout the week.
SA’s SES has 67 volunteer units responding to extreme weather and flooding events across the state.
They work closely with other rescue services, such as the Country Fire Service (CFS) during major bushfires.