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Supa Effort by Ritchie's IGA Supermarkets for SES

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Hunter SES Region Controller Greg Perry has accepted a donation of $60,000 from Ritchie's Supa IGA and IGA Supermarkets in recognition of the community spirit shown by volunteers in the Hunter during the recent June Flood and Storm Event.

A delighted Greg Perry, Region Controller for the SES Hunter Region, has accepted a cheque for $45,000 from Ritchie's Hunter Area Supervisor Paul Crutchfield, and a further cheque for $15,000 from the IGA Chain and its distribution centre at a small gathering held at the Maitland SES Unit in Maitland this week.

Just days after the floods and storms hit the Hunter in early June, Mr Perry received an email from NSW/ACT State Board Member for IGA Supermarkets and Ritchie's Supa IGA, David Scally, offering a donation of $45,000 to local SES units, to recognise their contribution as volunteers in supporting their communities, and this offer was soon followed by an additional offer of $15,000 from the IGA chain and its distribution centre.

"We were pretty amazed," Mr Perry said.

"We will ensure that the money is used in areas where there are Ritchie's and IGA stores such as Telarah, Rutherford, Branxton and Kurri Kurri."

"It will be used on additional resources and equipment for our units not covered by normal funding sources."

It is noteworthy, that this donation to the volunteers of the Hunter Region SES units by the IGA Disaster Relief and Community Chest programs follows on from similar contributions in recent times to the Tsunami Relief effort, and to the clean-up after Cyclone Larry.