BRIGHTON resident Lauren McCarthy has been named the Coles Community Hero for her region after being recognised for her outstanding contribution to the community.
Lauren, who works at Coles supermarket at Bridgewater, was selected from seven Coles supermarkets in the region encompassing Hobart to Sorell.
As part of a national campaign to recognise ‘unsung community heroes’ in its supermarkets, Coles Express and liquor outlets across Australia, Coles is recognising team members who are passionate about their community, and helping them to do more for their chosen cause.
Lauren has received $300 in gift cards and 40 hours of free work time to continue to support her community organisation during paid work.
Lauren has spent the past three years volunteering at the Vinnies Youth Club, assisting with activities including camps for underprivileged children aged 6-‐12 years. Lauren helps to run a number of activities and fundraisers such as quiz nights, barbecues, bowling nights and cake stalls, with her efforts helping to raise more than $2,500.
Coles regional manager, Steve Longmore, congratulated Lauren on receiving the award.
“Lauren’s contribution to the community has been nothing short of amazing,” Steve said.
“Coles has played a role in Australian communities for 100 years and as part of our Centenary celebrations we wanted to recognise our team members who are so dedicated to giving back to their communities,” he said.
“In every town and suburb across this region, we know we have team members who are quietly going to great lengths to help their community by volunteering their time to their chosen community organisation.”
Lauren said she was delighted to receive the award, which was judged by the regional manager, a second Coles team member and community representative.
“I was really excited when I heard I had won, not just for myself but for the Vinnies Youth Club as well. It’s fantastic for their great work to be recognised and I am just one of many people who make a difference to the community at the Club,” she said.
As part of the national Community Hero Awards, Coles will provide $400,000 in donations and prize money to more than 2300 local unsung heroes across
Australia and allocate up to 30,000 hours – or the equivalent of 14 years in working days – so recipients can continue to support their community organisations of choice during paid work.
In 2013 Coles raised and donated nearly $40 million to schools, clubs, groups and charities through its local community support program, by supporting fundraisers, raffles, community days and other activities.
To read more stories about local Coles Community Heroes, log onto https://colescommunityhero.com.au/.