Sports gear bonanza for Scenic Rim schools

BONUS: Champion athlete Sally Pearson, ambassador for the Coles’ Sports for Schools program seen here delivering free equipment to school kids.
BONUS: Champion athlete Sally Pearson, ambassador for the Coles’ Sports for Schools program seen here delivering free equipment to school kids.

SCENIC RIM schools are expected to receive nearly $12,000 in sports gear from Coles this month after collecting more than 297,000 vouchers at their local supermarkets through Coles’ Sports for Schools program.

Over coming weeks, Coles will deliver an extensive range of quality sports gear to around 19 local primary and secondary schools in the region.

Sports gear will include popular items such as cricket and softball bats, footballs, basketballs, javelins, hockey sticks, skipping ropes, racquets, first aid kits and nets.

The local schools were among more than 7000 schools across Australia that participated in the Sports for Schools program between February and April this year by collecting over 200 million vouchers at Coles.

Beaudesert State School came out ahead of the pack for rewards after collecting nearly 40,000 vouchers during the campaign.

World champion athlete Sally Pearson and Coles’ Sports for Schools program ambassador said it was exciting to hear that so much equipment would be delivered to schools across the community.

“It’s a dream come true for schools to be given all this equipment enabling kids to keep fit and healthy,” she said.

“Hopefully we’ll see future Olympic champions as a result of this Coles initiative,” she said.

State general manager Jerry Farrell said Coles was delighted to be delivering sports equipment to local schools.

“We’re really impressed by the way the local community has got behind the program by collecting so many vouchers for their school,” he said.

“We hope the new sports equipment will result in a lot of healthy, active fun for school kids.”

For every $10 spent at Coles supermarkets, Coles Express stores (excluding fuel) or via Coles online, customers received one Sports for Schools voucher.

At the end of the program, the vouchers were then tallied and schools ordered the sports equipment they needed.