Diane Hacking of Portico Plaza shopping centre, Toongabbie, explains why staff and management were so keen to get behind Paint the Town REaD:

‘We’re a small neighbourhood centre, and the majority of our shoppers are families. We had no hesitation in helping local children to get a good start, giving them a chance to be better educated, and hopefully to secure a good job later in life. Many of them will grow up to be the teenagers, mothers and fathers who we serve here at Portico Plaza.’