Mancunian’s joined Tolly Boy rice in celebrating a wonderful response towards the Spread the Joy with Tolly Boy campaign

The Spread the joy with Tolly Boy campaign received a fantastic response this week,with a great voting response from community groups across the UK.

Just four weeks into the campaign, the charitable initiative has already reeled in a whopping1,530votes to support an array ofmeaningful community projects.Some of which champion healthcare, education, women’s empowerment, childcare, victim support, elderly care and social welfare, for which Tolly Boy will be giving away funds of up to £26,000, to the community groups with the most votes.

At a special launch event at Seamark Cash & Carry in Manchester, two of the local community groups, Afruca and Fatima Women’s Association, were amongst those present.These particular community groups actively work in child welfare and bettering the lives of women within their communities.Chantelle from Afruca said: “We work with African children and families, especially those who are victims of trafficking and slavery and vulnerable to abuse. We are grateful to Tolly Boy for making us a part of this campaign, as this has helped in spreading awareness of the work we do and raise our profile.”

Speaking at the event, Steven Perry from Tolly Boy said:“Tolly Boy has been a part of the community since 1962, and this year through this initiative, we hope to go beyond partnering with them in the kitchen and help them on a grassroots level by promoting various initiatives through raising the profile of African and Bangladeshi community groups who do vital work in helping the communities. The response we have got so far has been overwhelming and are happy to see our efforts making a difference to communities – where it matters the most.”

Tabassum, a representative of Fatima Women’s Association said, “over the last 26 years, our charity has been working towards empowering women and bettering the lives of women in Oldham. This is a brilliant initiative by Tolly Boy and I hope we win as we will put the funds towardssupporting education, training and leisure activities for women and children.”

With the campaign ending on the 10th of September, charities are vying for the maximum number of votes for their community projects, with the highest number of votes giving them a funding of £10,000,and the first and second runners-up receiving £5,000 and £2,500 respectively. Each of the remaining community groups will receive a contribution of £500 for their efforts during the campaign.

You too can Spread the Joy with Tolly Boy by picking up a 5kg, 10kg or 20kg packs of Tolly Boy Easy Cook, Long Grain or Basmati Rice from participating stores and vote on www.spreadthejoywithtollyboy.co.uk