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Generous Shoppers in Castlebawn

Last modified: 23 November 2012

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Image: Anthony Rule

Generous locals in the Newtownards area helped raise £1,032.32 for the Together For Trees campaign, part of the RSPB and Tesco Stores Ltd partnership.  The two day, nationwide collection meant vital funds were raised to help save endangered species such as the Sumatran Tiger and the Rhinoceros Hornbill through the RSPB’s conservation in rainforests.


Tesco Stores Ltd created the ‘Help Save a Rainforest’ coupon which allows customers to donate their Green Clubcard points to this campaign.  The coupon only needs to be scanned at the till point once and will ensure that all future Green Clubcard points are donated to RSPB. 


Volunteer collector, Laura Irvine said, “The staff and customers of Tesco Castlebawn were so generous, especially at a time when money is tight for everyone.  It was lovely to be able to tell people a bit about the work Tesco is doing with the RSPB to help save our rainforests.”


Fellow collector Astrid Thomson commented, “It was great to see so much support for RSPB and Tesco’s Green Clubcard Coupons were a great talking point.  It is fantastic to know that Tesco will donate 1p every time a customer reuses their own bags once they have scanned their coupon.”


Senior Community Fundraising Officer Laura Thomson thanked staff and customers from Tesco Castlebawn for their support: “RSPB Northern Ireland has been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Newtownards who showed us their full support during our collection weekend. Tropical rainforests keep the air we breathe clean, cool and safe but areas the size of a football pitch are being destroyed every four seconds.  The money raised instore is vital to our work in the rainforests at a time when they need our help the most.  Thank you all for your support!”


If you would like to fundraise for the RSPB, please contact Laura Thomson on 028 9049 1547 or email

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