Supermarket staff ditch uniform to help sick children

Cooking up a storm yesterday were, left to right, grocery manager Matt Bellman, online manager Libby Balmer, trolley assistant Shayne Morgan, produce manager Mat Quarrell, customer service manager Merrill Starks and bakery assistant Denise Douglas. Picture: STEVE HYNES

Cooking up a storm yesterday were, left to right, grocery manager Matt Bellman, online manager Libby Balmer, trolley assistant Shayne Morgan, produce manager Mat Quarrell, customer service manager Merrill Starks and bakery assistant Denise Douglas. Picture: STEVE HYNES

STAFF at Warrnambool’s Norfolk Plaza Woolworths store were busy throwing snags on the barbie yesterday to help raise money for children’s charities.

The supermarket, along with others in the region, is holding events until the end of June to raise funds for charities aimed at helping the recovery of children in hospitals.

The charities TLC for Kids, Cops ’N Kids, Support For Cancer and Peter’s Project will benefit from the events being held at the Norfolk Plaza store.

The staff are contributing by paying to wear tracksuits instead of their uniforms until Sunday.

“The tracksuits are because we want to get kids out of their pyjamas and into tracksuits on their way to recovery,” customer service manager Merrill Starks said. 

The store is also holding raffles, including one for a Harley-Davidson motorbike, as well as other in-store events.

Ms Starks said they had raised $2500 up until yesterday and aim to raise a further $1500 each week until the end of June.

Staff from all parts of the store are taking part including a number of special needs employees who have embraced the project with enthusiasm. 

“Shayne Morgan is one of our trolley assistants and he has given a lot of his own time and really pushed things along,” Ms Starks said. 

So, if you’re looking for a staff member at the store this weekend, look for someone in a tracksuit.

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