As part of our commitment to grassroots sport and Indigenous development in Australia, we’re pleased to announce we are expanding our partnership with the AFL to include the AFL Indigenous Programs.
This program will deliver football, health, education, leadership and employment opportunities for Indigenous men & women. The partnership includes the following AFL Indigenous Programs:
- State Under 15 Indigenous Camps
- Under 15 National Kickstart Championships
- Under 15 Flying Boomerangs program
- Female Under 18 Kickstart Camps
- Female Under 18 National Kickstart Championships
- National Indigenous Coaching Academy
- Indigenous Ambassadors program
- Indigenous All Stars game
The Coles AFL Indigenous Programs partnership will for the first time see the introduction of a female Under 18 Indigenous camp in which the top players will be selected to compete at the historical Under 18 National Kickstart Championships to be held in Melbourne.
A sure-fire hit with kids, the new Uncle Tobys Puffs bars contain no artificial colours or flavours and are available in Berry, Choc and Caramel flavours. The puffed wheat bars are 35 per cent wholegrain, so they are a healthier snack option, too. But that’s not all! Also look out for the new LeSnak of the World cheese dips with crackers. Available in a range of international flavours, including our favourite Aussie BBQ dip made with 100% real cheese.
For 30 years Redkite has been helping Australian children and young people with cancer and their families, offering essential emotional, financial and educational support through every stage of the cancer journey. In January this year, we partnered with them, pledging to help Redkite help the 11,000 children and young people in Australia who are cancer patients or survivors by raising $5 million for the charity in 2013. We’re happy to announce we’re well on the way to achieving this target with our customers and team members helping to raise over $2.5 million for Redkite so far.
These funds will help Redkite pay for essentials like food, fuel, counselling & education support, so thank you to everyone who has purchased our specially marked Coles bread, participated in fundraising activity, donated at the register (or online) and flown a redkite in store. Check out the photos below of some of the displays you helped to create…
Every day an additional four children or young people will be diagnosed, yet only around half of their families are aware of the support provided nationally by Redkite. Your continued generosity will help bridge this gap and ensure families aren’t missing out on Redkite’s support.
Exclusive to Coles stores, Mix underwear – part of the Essentials range – has the family covered. The women’s range has 11 styles, including full brief, boyleg, hi-cut and microfibre undies in a range of fashion and neutral colours, in 2-pack, 3-pack and 5-pack options. There’s shapewear, too, including a high-waist shaper and tummy control boyleg brief.
There are ten styles for men, including briefs, basic trunks, seam-free trunks and woven boxer shorts, in a range of colours, and in packs of 5 briefs or 3 trunks. For girls, bikini-style undies are available in 4-packs of assorted colours. And for boys, 3-pack fitted trunks are available.
Styles, colours and sizes will vary between stores and not all stores carry the full range. Visit the socks and hosiery aisle to check them out.
We’re proud to announce we recently received an award for our Foodbank Australia partnership. Over the last 10 years, our food donations have created over 10 million meals for Aussies in need.
Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation and we were awarded their Patron’s Award, which is given to a company that has demonstrated leadership, innovation, creativity and impact over time in its partnership with Foodbank. Last year alone, we donated over 1.2 million kilograms of food and groceries which was enough to prepare nearly 1.7 million meals. In order to make this happen, we have integrated our supply processes to ensure regular donations to Foodbank warehouses around Australia. This allows them to more easily distribute the food.
We’re very proud of the work our team does behind the scenes to make these donations happen, and we’re delighted this has been recognised. Of course none of these donations would be possible without the tireless work of the Foodbank volunteers who distribute this food to charities and community groups across Australia, so thank you to the Foodbank team.
Put the fun into meal times with new and improved Hot Chips; the crisp and delicious oven baked hot chip from Birds Eye. For those that like the thinner chip, Birds Eye shoestring is the number one choice; it was voted by over 100 regular chip consumers as the most preferred when compared to other uncoated shoestring chips.
Made from Australian grown potatoes, look out for them in the frozen aisle of your local Coles. Try them and let us know what you think!
With more and more people – especially children – experiencing food allergies, allergy expert Dr Brynn Wainstein from Sydney Children’s Hospital and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia president Maria Said joined us for a live Coles Facebook Q&A to discuss food allergies and what can be done to help manage life with food allergies.
Food allergy or intolerance?
Brynn: Food allergy is an immune system response to a food. In the most common cases of food allergy, the body develops an antibody called IgE to a particular food protein.
What are the symptoms of food allergy?
The signs and symptoms of a food allergy usually appear within minutes to 2 hours of eating even small amounts of the offending food and typically include:
- Hives, skin redness
- Swelling of face, lips or eyes
- Vomiting and abdominal pain
Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis involve the breathing and/or circulatory systems, and may include any one or more of the following:
- Difficult or noisy breathing
- Swelling of the tongue
- Swelling or tightness in the throat
- Difficulty talking or hoarse voice
- Dizziness (loss of consciousness and/or collapse)
- Becoming pale and floppy (in young children)
What are the most common food allergies?
According to ASCIA, the most common food allergies in young children are to:
- Hen’s eggs
- Cow’s milk
- Peanuts and tree nuts such as cashew and almond
The allergies most common in older children and adults are:
- Peanuts and tree nuts
- Shellfish and fish