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Staff at Coles Yamba with some of the items already received from the community during this years annual Coles Yamba RISEUP collection of food and gifts, to help out families affected by domestic violence. Anyone wishing to contribute can drop off items at the Christmas tree collection bin, which is located out the front of the store. Image: Lynne Mowbray

Coles Yamba to RIZEUP again this Christmas

For the second year in a row, the team at Coles Yamba are RIZING UP against domestic violence and making sure that local families don’t go without.

“As an organisation we are committed to our community and to putting an end to domestic violence.

Through our staff and customers, we have a great opportunity to provide food and gifts to families who might otherwise go without this Christmas,” said Coles Yamba Manager,” Shane Edie.

“It is great to raise awareness and to engage the community in our fight against domestic violence. The mums and sometime dads, and their children who have to be in refuge this Christmas or may by misplaced because they can’t return to their home due to violence need to feel wanted. We hope we can give them some hope that their local community cares for them and we want them to enjoy a Christmas Day like the rest of us”.

The food will be distributed to local domestic violence refuges and to families that have recently fled a domestic violence situation and are misplaced this Christmas season.

People can give food or small gifts into the donation box located around the Christmas tree right in front of the Coles Supermarket in Yamba. Donations will be collected until Friday December 21.

RizeUp Director Nicolle Edwards is excited that this initiative is now in its second year and is so grateful to Shane (Edie) and his team at Coles Yamba saying.

“We really value the partnership we have with Coles Yamba and that the local community embrace the need for change and are willing to assist families in need who are struggling with a domestic violent situation.”