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Port teams with partners to end hunger

THE Port Adelaide Football Club has helped put 27,000 meals on the tables of vulnerable South Australians this Christmas thanks to a partnership with Adelaide-based Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) and Foodbank SA. 

The club teamed with Principal Partner AGIG for the “Goals to End Hunger” campaign with $100 donated to Foodbank for every goal scored by the Power at the Adelaide Oval in 2018. 

As well as the $13,400 donation, staff from Port Adelaide and AGIG combined on Monday to pack a record, nearly 500 Christmas Hampers at Foodbank SA’s Edwardstown headquarters.

Port Adelaide’s Chief Executive, Keith Thomas, was on hand with AGIG’s Chief Customer Officer, Andrew Staniford, to present the donation cheque to Foodbank SA’s CEO, Greg Pattinson and to join the Christmas hamper packing team. 

Mr Thomas said the latest “Goals to End Hunger” results meant that since 2015 the Club has put more than 118,000 meals on the table of those in need via Foodbank SA. 

“We think everyone has the right to a decent meal, especially during the Festive Season,” Mr Thomas said. 

“Foodbank SA provides a service that is so important to some of the state’s most vulnerable people and we are proud to have teamed with AGIG to play a small part in the exceptional work it does.” 

Foodbank SA CEO, Greg Pattinson thanked Port Adelaide and AGIG for their support. 

“Christmas is our busiest time of the year at Foodbank SA when so many vulnerable South Australian families rely on our service,” he said. 

“The support of Port Adelaide and AGIG is invaluable in ensuring we have the ability to keep up with the demand for service, especially in the Festive Season. 

“At Foodbank we provide over 117,000 South Australians every month with food relief, with one third of these being children.” 

“These Christmas hampers will be distributed by Foodbank in coming weeks to some of South Australia’s most vulnerable families.” 

AGIG’s Andrew Staniford said the hamper packing had become a Christmas tradition for his staff. 

"Christmas is an ideal time for all of us to reflect on our personal lives and what we can all do to have a positive impact on others,” he said. 

“It is therefore pleasing to AGIG and its staff to be able to embrace the true spirit of Christmas by being involved in such a winning team day for Foodbank SA.”

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