MEDIA RELEASE: Tuesday 17th July 2012
Victim Support and Coupland’s Bakeries Ltd are pleased to announce their recently confirmed new partnership.
The organisations will work together over the next three years to actively support communities across the South Island where Coupland’s Bakeries are located – currently 19 outlets throughout South Island. The popular bakeries will become the hub for the Victim Support Appeal Week, held 8 to 15 September 2012, as well as two Mini Appeal days in the first half of 2013. During these times there will be victim information and advice available through the Coupland’s outlets, as well as bakery items on sale that provide a 50 cent donation to Victim Support.
Victim Support is a Registered Charity with a workforce of over 1,000 volunteers and 140 paid staff based at 65 offices across New Zealand. It delivers direct support to victims at home, at police stations, at the scene, in court and in the community. This year it has assisted over 50,000 victims, 34,000 incidents and provided 186,000 support actions.
With retail stores in both the North and South Island, Coupland’s Bakeries is one of the largest independently owned bakery chains in New Zealand and is proud to still be kiwi owned and operated.
Victim Support CEO, Tony Paine, said today:
“This is a significant partnership for Victim Support as it gives us a high-profile base at 19 locations to build awareness of our services and to collect donations to support our work with victims in the South Island. Coupland’s is a great match for our activities given their existing commitment to community support, and we look forward to growing the partnership over the next three years to directly support our frontline volunteers and help them ‘be there’ for victims 24/7.”
Mike Tattersfield, GM Sales & Marketing for Coupland’s Bakeries commented:
“Coupland’s Bakeries is delighted to commit to this partnership with Victim Support, a critical community organisation in New Zealand and one which we are proud to support. Victim Support is an excellent match for our company. The combination of an annual appeal week and more localised regional appeal across our 19 South Island stores gives us the opportunity to showcase our commitment to Victim Support in general, while also being able to give back to each store’s local community.”
Donna Neill, Southern Region Manager for Victim Support said today:
“South Islanders are generous by nature and very community oriented, irrespective of the size of their communities. When something dreadful happens we want to help those affected. Coupland’s is leading the way as a business willing and able to support victims. This partnership provides great opportunities to do that in the heart of local communities”.
For more background please contact:
Tony Paine, CEO Victim Support
Mike Tattersfield, GM Sales & Marketing, Coupland’s Bakeries, Christchurch
P: 03 3360566