21. 02. 2022 Philanthropy

Tesco customers cast 2.65 million votes for community projects

Voting in the tenth edition of Tesco’s grant programme entitled You Decide, We Help confirmed the high interest of Tesco customers in improving life in their communities. They cast 2.65 million votes in favour of charitable projects. In 154 Tesco stores all across Slovakia, people decided on the amount of support for 231 local projects. Projects in the field of health, sports, education and development received the most votes.

The jubilee tenth edition of the grant programme has brought additional financial support for ten projects in the amount of 13,000 euros. The Tesco programme will also support selected projects with the amount of more than 182,000 euros.

 “Tesco has long supported communities in all regions where it operates. We are pleased that our customers already know our token voting system and are happy to join it. The customers usually do not need information about the purpose of the token. It is amazing that thanks to all editions of the grant programme You Decide, We Help, we have so far been able to support the implementation of 1,849 great projects in the total amount of up to 1.51 million euros. We thank all customers for their votes,” Michaela Lehotská, Tesco’s CSR manager, says.

Customers decided on the winning projects by voting in individual regions of Slovakia. They were able to cast their votes in all 154 Tesco stores. The projects which received the highest numbers of chips will be supported by Tesco in the amount of 1,300 euros, in the second place by the amount of 600 euros and the project in the third place by the amount of 300 euros. In addition, Tesco employees decided on further support in a total amount of 13,000 euros. Customers in the regions of Banská Bystrica and Bratislava cast the most votes in favour of their projects of choice.

“We are very much looking forward to this support. We will use the money to build a riding school, which will host free hippotherapy and canine therapy for children with disabilities and children from socially disadvantaged families,” says Ivana Brutenič from the civic association Horses to People (Horses to People) from Smolenice, which received 600 euros through the programme.

The same amount goes to the civic association Edujoy from Martin to implement the project BE ECO-LOGICAL. As part of this project, on the occasion of Earth Day, the association will involve students and volunteers in the organisation of eco-camps, revitalisation of greenery, cleaning of premises, planting of flower beds and trees, restoration of atriums and children’s climbing frames in the schoolyards of schools in Martin and Priekop. These serve as green leisure areas for local communities.

Thanks to customer voting, the Calvary in Rožňava, in the east of Slovakia, will be beautified. The Rožňava Monument Restoration Centre received 1,300 euros from the Tesco grant programme. With these funds, it will build a rest area next to the information panel in the parking area, where visitors to the Calvary will be able to relax.

Grant programme  You Decide, We Help supports various public benefit initiatives in the field of health, sports, education and culture. It supports activities such as the construction of playgrounds or cycling paths, the creation of sports activities for kindergartens and seniors, safer leisure centres, the construction of insect houses and the protection of bees. Opportunities will also be given to projects that help cope with the situation after the onset of the pandemic and support health and immunity. So far, local organisations, municipalities, schools and non-profits have submitted almost 4,200 projects in all ten editions of the programme.

A complete list of winning projects from all editions is available on the grant programme website.

The program You Decide, We Help has so far helped implement, for example:

  • 105 cultural events
  • 58 playgrounds
  • 199 educational activities
  • 154 modifications and beautifying of public gardens and parks
  • 13 children’s camps
  • 21 aids for animal shelters
  • 8 activities to protect bees


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