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SPAR Austria donates €97,000 to children’s charity

June 24, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: Community, Responsible retailing

SPAR Austria has been involved in supporting the SOS Children's Villages, an organisation that looks after more than 4,000 children and adolescents in need throughout the country, since 2004. During this period, a total of €1.3 million has been raised in valuable funding for the charity.

Every year, INTERSPAR Hypermarkets in Austria selects one special project of SOS Children’s Villages to support. This year, the initiative “We build the future” – a new building creating a modern home for young people switching from the SOS Children’s Villages families to supervised accommodation for adolescents – has been selected.

With the donation of €97,000, SPAR Austria has supported the construction of a new house in the SOS Children’s Village, Seekirchen. The new building meets all criteria in terms of sustainability and provides space for 6-8 young people and their caretakers.

“That’s how we can help young people get off to a good start in their independent lives,” said Markus Kaser, Managing Director of INTERSPAR Austria.

“The long-term cooperation with SOS Children’s Villages is very important to us, because we want to help provide children and young people with assistance, security and a hopeful future, so that they can grow up loved and sheltered.”

Encouraging support

Since the partnership has been in place, INTERSPAR Austria and SOS Children’s Villages have raised awareness of people in need through targeted actions, while at the same time encouraging donations.

“As a company, we want to raise awareness with charitable initiatives and encourage people to help,” said Mr Kaser. Over the past 15 years, various promotion campaigns in favour of SOS Children’s Villages have been held. INTERSPAR customers have supported the charity by purchasing selected products such as toys, children’s meals or Christmas cards. The proceeds from these products have benefited the SOS Children’s Village.

Source: SPAR Austria

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About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954, but the current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.

With licences granted by SPAR International, ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) has developed SPAR in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, and Northern Italy.