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Jack Riewoldt kicks off the pie-fect partnership to support community and sporting groups

Austalian football legend Jack Riewoldt has kicked off the National Pies for Local Heroes in January that aims to support community and sporting groups. 

Tasmanian Bakeries is celebrating over 80 years of baking the tastiest pies in Australia by giving back to the community with a series of grants that are now up for grabs.

The National Pies for Local Heroes grant program launched in January with Australian football legend Jack Riewoldt, who kicked off the campaign as its ambassador.

Each month during 2024, a local community organisation will be awarded $1,000 from National Pies. There will also be the opportunity for one organisation to win a single larger grant of $10,000.

Jack, who retired from the AFL in 2023, said he is honoured to take part in this initiative, which takes him back to pie nights at Clarence Football Club.

“Working with Tasmanian Bakeries to give back to the community is a recipe for excitement with great purpose,” Jack said.

“Supporting the community is not just a duty, it’s an investment in a brighter, stronger future for all.

“A truly rewarding aspect of my career is giving back to communities making a difference.”

Tasmanian Bakeries CEO Geraldine Tebbutt said the campaign is a special way to show the company’s appreciation to community groups.

“Because Australia has supported us for eight decades, we couldn’t think of a better way to say thanks than by offering a helping hand to the people who make a difference, whether that’s through a kids’ sporting program or by running a community art organisation,” Geraldine said.

“We encourage organisations anywhere in Australia to submit their grant proposals through our website.

“We’re also thrilled to be working with Jack as the program’s ambassador. The Tasmanian community loves him, both from his days playing footy here and as one of Richmond’s greats. Now that Jack is a culture and leadership consultant for the new Tasmanian Football Club, he’s the perfect representative.”

To further acknowledge the importance of community groups, National Pies is releasing a new commercial to appear on local Tasmanian television, featuring the ladies of the Tasmanian Modern Quilt Group, music organisation Bel Canto Australia, the kids from the Clarence Junior Football Club and members of the Rotary Club of Sandy Bay.

Submissions for the grants program can be made at tasmanianbakeries.com.au. All entrants must be based in Australia.

National Pies’ range of frozen and deli-fresh pies, sausage rolls and other pastries are available in supermarkets in Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

For more information on National Pies products, visit tasmanianbakeries.com.au or follow  National Pies on Facebook and Instagram.

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