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In keeping with our core business, our community work prioritises getting food to as many people as possible. This philosophy, coupled with the company’s efficient use of resources, enables DIA to minimise the amount of surplus food that goes to waste, albeit always subject to strict food quality and safety criteria.

The other cornerstone of our community work is our work with children, society’s most vulnerable citizens, who are at greater risk of not having access to the right food or care.



The DIA Group takes part in World Rare Disease Day (ancla al detalle del proyecto)

The DIA Group took part in World Rare Disease Day on 29 February, linking the special nature of this date with the specific features of these diseases. For one more year, the company has supported the ‘Building Networks of Hope’ campaign, promoted by the Spanish Federation for Rare Diseases (FEDER), in order to raise the voices of over three million people living with a rare disease in Spain.

Throughout March, the DIA Group joined the organisation and its hundreds of activities that toured the country in order to inform society of the need to promote Networking, the FEDER’s main call for action in 2016. These activities include the charity sporting event ‘Race for Hope’ in Madrid on 13 March, in which over 5,000 participants took part, sponsored by the DIA Group.

The incentive of this campaign is to seek the establishment of networks, in all of its areas, to facilitate access to information, streamline healthcare processes, promote research projects, and primarily to ensure that people with rare diseases can access healthcare, regardless of where they live.


Menudos Corazones Foundation (ancla al detalle del proyecto)

DIA Group employees gave the Pequeños Corazones Foundation a total of €13,700 to collaborate with the organisation’s charity work, dedicated to helping children with heart disease and their families. The donation of these funds was handed over at a ceremony attended by managers and employees of the DIA Group and the Foundation, and will be used to pay for the temporary housing of 174 families of children with congenital heart disease throughout Spain who require hospital treatment, as well as to cover the annual psychological treatment of 450 parents with children affected by this disease.

The Menudos Corazones Foundation is a non-profit organisation that carries out programmes and activities to improve the quality of life of children and young people with congenital heart disease and their families. Menudos Corazones accompanies and supports those situations that arise when heart disease is detected in a child.


Project Smile (ancla al detalle del proyecto)

The DIA Group took part in Project Smile, an initiative by Orbit through which €100,000 will be donated to the oral healthcare of children in Children’s Villages with these needs. Supported by the Spanish Dental Foundation and the Spanish Board of Dentists, this project aims to improve the lives and bring a smile to all of these children. The sale of these products will enable 1,300 children to have a dentist sponsor who will be responsible for carrying out an examination of their oral health and dental treatment during their childhood.


XIII Day of the Galicia Minibasket(ancla al detalle del proyecto)

Minibasket Day at the Multiusos Fontes do SAR in Santiago, organised by the newspaper Correo Gallego on 4 June, saw the participation of 68 teams from the Mini and Premini categories across Galicia, totalling almost 800 players and coaches. The DIA Group collaborated by supplying provisions to all participants.


Have a nice day (ancla al detalle del proyecto)

The DIA Group and the Theodora Foundation managed to include over 5,000 children and young people throughout Spain in the competition ‘Have a Nice Day’. The first edition of this drawing competition was an outstanding success for participants in the four categories (between 3 and 17 years of age). The aim of this initiative is to improve the stay for thousands of children who spend their days in hospital, through the performance of these charity artists.

This year, recorded participation will result in 1,000 Smile Doctor visits to children and young people in some twenty hospital centres throughout Spain. The aim of the visits is that both the child and their families can escape reality for a few moments, through improvisation, humour, magic and games.


Children's recycling event (ancla al detalle del proyecto)

The DIA Group organised a free family event in Valladolid, Spain that focused on children and recycling. The city centre became an outdoor workshop in which children built a giant expanded polystyrene sculpture. This sustainable event was part of the COLRECEPS European project, funded by the European Commission with the LIFE programme and coordinated by the DIA Group, the Cartif Foundation, Turqueplast and Quercus IDI, and also involved the collaboration of the Valladolid City Council.

During the development of the children’s activities, a space was set up containing the project’s technical information. The aim of this project is to provide a solution to the environmental problem of the accumulation of large amounts of expanded polystyrene (EPS) waste in landfills. This material is also non-biodegradable.


The Villa de Avilés Family March (ancla al detalle del proyecto)

The DIA Group and its employees actively participated in the event, giving out provisions such as water, bars and apples, as well as taking part in the sports day with their families. For €3 per head, the entirety of which was allocated to the fight against drug addiction, the march took place calmly and slowly over 1.5 hours, through the most iconic streets of the Asturian town.

In addition to DIA Group representatives, the march was also attended by the city’s culture and sports authorities, which thanked the participants and collaborators for their involvement in this charity event.


Move For Those Who Can’t(ancla al detalle del proyecto)

In May and June, the DIA Group took part in the challenge undertaken by a couple of athletes to walk and cycle around Spain to support the fight against rare diseases. This project aimed to raise awareness of low-prevalence diseases by combining sport and charity, showing first-hand the reality of families with a rare disease. Their aim was to travel around Spain in the form of a duathlon, passing through over 300 towns.

To achieve this, they covered a marathon on foot and a half-marathon on a tandem bicycle every day. This initiative raised funds that will be fully allocated to aid research organised annually by the FEDER.

The DIA Group offered provisions in more than 25 major cities on the route, and also carried out acts of awareness and support through employees who provided cover for the athletes. The key players in this challenge were Marcos Bajo and Minerva González. Marcos is an amateur sportsman with a degenerative rare disease, which causes a visual impairment that currently only allows him very limited vision. Minerva is an amateur sportswoman who has been completely blind since she was eight due to a blow during birth that caused the loss of vision in one eye and retinal detachment in the other.


The March Against Cancer in Castro Urdiales(ancla al detalle del proyecto)

Held on 5 June and organised by the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), this event involved a non-competitive 9.5-kilometre charity march, open to all, in which over 3,000 people took part. Provisions, donated by the DIA Group, were provided in the town of Mioño, the halfway point of the route. Thanks to this initiative, around €8,000 was donated to cover grants for cancer research.

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