Launch of "Churchill - Shop Local" campaign

Many shoppers braved the wet and windy conditions to Shop Local on the morning of Saturday October 26.
Unfortunately the wild weather did not permit the planned outdoor sausage sizzle to proceed. Members of the Churchill Lions Club got soaked!
A team of volunteers supporting Churchill’s ‘Shop Local’ campaign were on hand from 10am to give away free reusable shopping bags to morning shoppers. The bags proved to be very popular – well over 200 were handed out!
Member for Morwell, Russell Northe MP, attended to show his support for the campaign, spending time with local residents who wanted to chat.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to get behind the Churchill Shop Local initiative. I commend the Churchill & District Community Association, Churchill & District News, Churchill Neighbourhood Centre and all participating businesses for instigating what I believe will be a very successful campaign.
By shopping locally you are helping businesses who employ local people” said Mr Northe.
“Don’t forget it’s our local business community who invariably support and sponsor our local schools, sporting clubs, community organisations and events.
So I really do hope the Churchill community gets on board this exciting initiative and I encourage everyone to shop locally wherever you can”.
Councillor Darrell White was also in attendance and said how pleased he was that “Traders and the community are collaborating to support each other.
I hope the Shop Local program will give a boost to retailers and inspire critically important confidence in our shopping centre”.
He went on to say “We want the community to embrace the concept of Shop Local with the convenience which our local shopping centre provides. Without customer support and profitable trading, businesses might not be able to continue.
Latrobe City Council is very supportive of this campaign, providing some funding via our Economic Development Unit, which we hope will have a positive economic impact on the Churchill township and the greater Latrobe municipality.”
The Shop Local Launch also marked the commencement of the ‘Churchill Lucky Shopper’ monthly prize draw. During the morning of the Launch, two ‘Lucky Shoppers’ buying goods in Churchill stores won $50 supermarket gift vouchers.
To have a chance of winning one of the monthly prizes of a voucher for goods or services to the value of $50 from a Churchill business, you must Shop Local!
Customers of Participating Businesses (there are 20! - see Page 3) just need to write their name and phone number on one of the provided raffle tickets and pop it into the “Shop Local” box at the counter or service desk. Two names will be drawn out each month from every Participating Business to be entered into the main draw for the voucher.
Just ask in-store when you Shop Local if you wish to enter.
The ‘Churchill – Shop Local’ campaign is a partnership between Churchill & District Community Association, local traders, Churchill & District News and Churchill Neighbourhood Centre. Funding for the campaign has been provided by Latrobe City Council and all partner organisations, including traders.