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Newsagent support of Daffodil Day ignored

Mark Fletcher
August 19th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Newsagents have been sent packs of products to sell to raise funds for Daffodil Day with a request we put them at the counter – the most expensive and sought after location in store. Many newsagents have removed high margin products from the counter to support the fund raising for a good cause.

Unfortunately, the Cancer Council does not recognise newsagents for their valuable support. They thank Gordon & Gotch, the distributor of the fund raising products to us but not the newsagency channel of retailers promoting the event.

It’s disappointing since Coles gets a big rap and the cost to us is probably greater than what Coles is doing.

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Category: Social responsibility

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  • 1 Carol // Aug 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    We gave counter space to them but have now returned them. My husband has Leukaemia so I naturally support all sorts of fundraising for Cancer Council but Daffodil products were not selling and I am not in a position to donate the money for those I do not sell.

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  • 2 shauns // Aug 20, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I have no problem with it I am sure just about everyone knows some one somewhere that has or had cancer . I would prefer to winge about newspapers and magazines before charity .

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  • 3 David @ Angle Vale Newsagency // Aug 20, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    I hear you Shaun, but we will not be supporting Daffodil Day as we have an ongoing collection for Diabetes and we sell mini cakes (no margin) on behalf of Lions.

    We have also sponsored customers who entered shave for a cure and make donations to other local area charities.

    There are many, many worthy charities, but each business must make its own decision on which ones to support.

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  • 4 shauns // Aug 20, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    David I agree , and I suppose with this one we are talking about the problem would be GG just send it without asking no chance to opt in or out .

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  • 5 Mark Fletcher // Aug 20, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I support the fundraising but not their acknowledgement given they acknowledge other retail channels.

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  • 6 Ben // Aug 20, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    I’d like transparency in how much is actually donated to Daffodil Day. How much is G&G taking? How much did the product cost. For a $5.00 pen I don’t think there would be much left. I’m not sure we should get any margin on a product like this – it should all go to the cause. And then you have to ask yourself do they deserve the space?

    I have never stocked them at the counter for this reason. I conduct my own fundraisers where ALL the money raised goes to the cause.

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  • 7 Mark Fletcher // Aug 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Ben I think many newsagents will be like you and raise funds for other charities. It’s frustrating not being asked and disappointing newsagent support is not acknowledged.

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  • 8 clinton staehr // Aug 22, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    You have to wonder where the ANF is on this issue.Missing in action as always.

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