$169,000 for Wagga Community Groups
Over 120 community organisations working tirelessly across the Wagga region received a financial boost on Thursday 10th September thanks to our Community Reward Account (CRA).
Since 2002, we have distributed close to $2 million to sporting, educational, health and community groups in the Riverina.
Under our Community Reward Account program, people simply open a savings account and nominate a charity or community organisation they want to support. Then on their behalf, and at no cost to them, each year Beyond Bank donates from its revenue a percentage of the annual average balances to their group of choice.
The significant amount of funds injected into our community over the past 13 years reflects the strong level of local support those doing good work in our region enjoy. It is only by people getting out and expressing their commitment to their local club or charity by opening a CRA that these funds can be made available each year.
Nearly 130 local groups received a payment based on their CRA accounts. These include Ganmain Grong Grong Matong Football Club which will be helped out by a $22,675 payment. Other organisations received between $7,000 and $10,000 in assistance including Riding for the Disabled, The Cancer Council NSW, Country Hope, Wagga Wagga Rescue Squad and Willans Hill School P&C Association.
For more than a decade, this annual donation has played a role in local community organisations being able to provide their vitally important services.
Two local groups received additional funding of $10,000 each as this year’s Beyond Bank Regional Grant recipients – Willans Hill School P&C and Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust.
For Willans Hill School P&C, these funds will go towards making play more accessible for senior students who use wheelchairs. Willans Hill has a junior and senior school that cater for students aged 4-20 who have an intellectual or physical disability in either the moderate or severe range.
Willans Hill has recently refurbished its junior school play space to help students learn through play. It is now turning its attention to the senior school.
Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust will use its grant to ensure a Melanoma Care Nurse is available to people in Wagga diagnosed with melanoma 52 weeks a year.
The Melanoma Care Nurse is currently employed three days a week and demand for this service is strong. Funding will enable employment of a second nurse to make sure leave does not create any gap in provision of support.
Thank you to all the community groups who attended the presentation night!