10 March 14 By Lesley Dunn
We all know how badly the recent flooding has impacted a huge number of people, particularly in the South West and the Thames Valley. Events like this can wreck the homes and livelihoods of hardworking people, and we want to do everything possible to help the communities we serve. That’s why today we’re launching a new initiative - called the Big Clean Up - to help our local communities recover.
We’re delighted to announce that our partnership with Tesco has raised an incredible £10 million in its first 12 months. It is a huge tribute to the tremendous support of Tesco colleagues and customers. They’ve Danced for Diabetes, cycled the length of Britain, created Winter Wonderlands and even jumped out of planes – all to raise money for Diabetes UK.
Twelve months ago I sat in the audience of the National Farmers Union annual conference as Philip Clarke set out a number of bold and ambitious commitments to rebuild trust in Tesco’s food. Last week I returned to the same conference, for the first time in 11 years as a Tesco colleague, to champion the progress that we have made as a business and to explain once again the journey that we are on.
There is an old Thai saying: Nai Nam Mee Pla Nai Na Mee Khao – There are fish in the waters, there is rice in the fields. Thailand has always been a land of plenty. Fertile soils and a tropical climate means that it can grow amazing produce, and livestock thrives here. It’s the world’s sixth largest rice exporter, the third largest fisheries exporter and the second largest sugar exporter. Not bad for the world’s 51st largest country by land mass.
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