PEARSALL IGA co-owners Oliver and Roseanne Bertoncini were inducted into the supermarket’s Hall of Fame last month.
The ceremony took place at the annual Independent Grocers of Australia (IGA) Awards of Excellence on the Gold Coast, where the Hall of Fame has been running since 2001.
“We are truly delighted and overwhelmed to be recognised for our contribution to the independent retail industry,” Mrs Bertoncini said.
“We have been in the retail industry for over 40 years and have loved every minute of being part of the IGA network.
“As an independent retailer, we have been fortunate to be involved with many aspects of our local community.”
This includes taking part in the Play Your Part campaign that continues its support of Wangara cheerleading club West Coast Fury.
In the past 12 months, $1000 has been donated through IGA’s Community Chest program, which helps local clubs with new equipment and lowered costs.
West Coast Fury owner Peta Parker said they were going into the second year of the partnership and the funds would go to a water filter system.
Daughter and co-owner Lee-Anne Woodgate said they were proud to support the club.
Seeing the positive effect it has on all the athletes, including our own two daughters who train and compete there, is amazing and we look forward to continuing our partnership into the future,” she said.
Metcash chief executive of supermarkets and convenience Scott Marshall said Mr and Mrs Bertoncini’s long-standing contribution was incredible.
“They were one of the first signatories to become part of the IGA network featuring the IGA logo and are adored by their local shoppers and fellow IGA team,” he said.
“Their legacy is outstanding and a true testament of their passion and dedication.”