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Sunday 22 September 2019

Woodie's raise funds for local heroes

Staff at Woodies's Wexford have raised almost €9,000 for charity after four weeks of dedicated fundraising.

Part of the nationwide Woodie's Heroes campaign, the 30-strong workforce organised jumble sales, a carboot sale and raffles as they sought to donate funds to one of the four children's charities selected for this year's Woodie's Heroes Campaign.

The annual campaign, now in its fifth year, sees Woodie's outlets across the country raise funds for four selected children's charities, all of which are selected by staff in the company's stores.

This year the charities were Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI), Hand in Hand - Children's Cancer Charity, ISPCC Childline and Temple Street Foundation, and they will share the overall total figure raised.

A centrepiece of the campaign is the 1,600km cycle undertaken by staff members from various branches, a mammoth trip which sees the dedicated cyclists visit stores throughout the country to collect those all-important cheques.

And one of those who completed the cycle was a member of staff in the Wexford branch. Canya Hatsuara spent five days on the road alongside his fellow campaigners, but he wasn't the only one spending time in the saddle for a charitable cause.

Store Manager at Woodie's Wexford, Jamie Cloney, explains the lengths she and her colleagues went to for the cause.

'We had a cycling machine set up in the store and we did the 1,600km between us over the weekends, everyone got involved and did their bit,' she said. 'The Heroes campaign is great because all the money we raised will go back into our local community.'

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