Community at the heart of Acacia Ridge

EARN AND LEARN: Co-owner of the Acacia Ridge Motor Inn Andrew Watherston with Woolworths manager Tim.
EARN AND LEARN: Co-owner of the Acacia Ridge Motor Inn Andrew Watherston with Woolworths manager Tim.

Port Augusta Special School has received a generous donation from the Acacia Ridge Motor Inn. 

Every year co-owners Andrew and Maria Watherson make a large one-off charity donation, previous recipients have included the Cancer Council and Variety Australia.

This time, the motor inn collected over 13 pages of Woolworths ‘Earn and Learn’ stickers, adding up to an impressive $750 for the school.

Mr Watherston said he and his wife are strongly community minded and believe that it is important for local businesses to give back to the community.

“Supporting Local Community is something we always have at the forefront of our minds and this year we selected the Special School in Port Augusta, we truly hope this makes a difference,” he said.

“We believe a close knit Community creates a sense of pride, closeness and self esteem – which leads to other flow on effects like job creation and mental and health well-being.”

The local business owner said they selected the Port Augusta Special School as it is “unique and full of challenges.”

“We just believed using this excellent program developed by Woolworths would help make a difference to fund something that particular school may have been looking to acquire to help with education or other essential needs,” he said.

Mr Watherson said the business is fortunate enough to be in a position to give back and support the local community and praised Woolworths for giving him an opportunity to do so.