In Greater China, our community care focusses on vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, both in the rural villages where we have farming operations and in some major cities.
This year 190 agriculture and food science students bene ted from the Fonterra Scholarship programme. Since it was launched in 2010, nearly 900 students have received scholarships to build capability in the local food industry. This year some of the scholarship students from Shanxi Agricultural University helped us introduce a new summer holiday education programme for children near our farming hub, in Ying County. The scholarship recipients volunteered their time to provide extra tuition to around 70 children each day.
We have also funded lectures by in uential NGO Girls’ Protection to provide ‘protect your body’ guidance to more than 100 children. The course seeks to help the children protect themselves against harassment.
An estimated 1.5 million people benefit from Soprole’s long-standing support of school sports in Latin America each year. This support encourages healthy outdoor exercise and instills important values such as hard work, perseverance, and solidarity. Every year, we also grant scholarships to the best participant in each discipline, to cover tuition fees for the following year if the student graduates from high school.
In addition to supporting school sports, Soprole has backed the national Teletón since it started in 1978. Teletón is a charitable foundation committed to the rehabilitation and inclusion of physically and mentally challenged children in society. After almost 40 years, the annual Teletón event has become a flagship for national unity and collective community support for the development of these children and their families.
Joining forces in 2007, our Australian business supports Foodbank, Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, who provide meals to charities and schools around Australia. To celebrate 10 years of partnership, the relationship will now see Fonterra become the exclusive supplier of fresh milk for Foodbank’s Milk Program in Victoria.
This programme distributes fresh milk to Australian families and individuals who need access to food. In the 2016 calendar year, Fonterra Australia donated fresh milk and other dairy foods equivalent to almost 350,000 meals.
We also support other similar food bank initiatives throughout the world, including ve food banks in the Auckland region, such as The Salvation Army and Auckland City Mission; and also further afield with Red Alimentos in Chile.