Waitrose branches in Jersey are offering support to the Battle of Flowers 2012 in a unique way this year.
Partners from Waitrose St Helier, St Saviour and Red Houses are donating their time through the supermarket’s Partner Volunteering Scheme to help create bags of confetti. Partners from the three branches will hand the bags out to onlookers as they walk along the esplanade with the floats during the day and night processions this month.
Joy Jezequel, department manager retail support at Waitrose Red Houses, said: “The Battle of Flowers is one of Jersey’s largest events and always generates a fantastic turnout from islanders so Waitrose and its Partners are delighted to support this event.
“The purpose of the Partner Volunteering Scheme is to give back to the local community and to provide good causes and charities in Jersey with much needed support. Our Partners’ support in this case will take some of the stress from the organisers so the experts can spend more time building the floats,” said Mrs Jezequel.
Waitrose launched its Partner Volunteering Scheme in May 2012 which encourages its Partners to take time out from their day-to-day job roles to support local causes and charities. The initiative will see the three branches in Jersey donate a total of 750 hours of employees’ time this year.
The Battle of Flowers 2012 takes place on Thursday 9 August with the Grand Parade and the Moonlight Parade will take place on Friday 10 August.
Each confetti bag will be marked with a sticker stating “Packed by Waitrose.”
Waitrose is keen for any local charities or causes in need of support to get in touch directly with the branches or to fill in an application form at branch Welcome Desks.