Coles donation has students feeling up-"beet"

Students at NRL Cowboys House can look forward to daily deliveries of fresh and nutritious food thanks to a generous donation from the newly-opened Coles Bushland Beach.

House ambassador and North Queensland Toyota Cowboys personality Ray Thompson was in-store yesterday to accept $2,000 worth of food vouchers, as well as kicking off a partnership with the SecondBite program.

SecondBite works with over 1,200 community food programs nationally to redistribute surplus fresh food, saving perfectly edible foods from entering landfill. 

Bushland Beach store manager Nick Cooper said the team was proud to give back to the local community.

“In partnership with SecondBite, we will be donating food parcels as well as $2,000 in Coles gift cards to NRL Cowboys House to help them make a difference in the lives of young Indigenous students,” Mr Cooper said.

“The store’s community ties should represent the community we operate in, and we’re pleased the charity will be our first official Click&Collect customer.”

Cowboys Community Foundation director Fiona Pelling was also on hand to receive the donation, praising the contribution Coles will make to the lives of students at NRL Cowboys House.

“Nutrition and healthy eating is key to everything we do for the boys while staying at the House, and this donation will definitely go a long way toward making access to the right foods easier,” Ms Pelling said.

Managed by the Cowboys Community Foundation, the charity arm of the Cowboys, NRL Cowboys House provides supported accommodation for 50 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from remote communities in north-west and Far North Queensland, enabling them to access quality secondary education options in Townsville.

For more information, visit cowboysfoundation.org.au.