Beyond Bank provides much-needed boost to Wagga community
On Thursday 29 August, we continued to deliver on our commitment to the Wagga community with three major community funding announcements.
The announcements will provide more than $210,000 to key volunteer-run services in the Wagga region as part of the Beyond Bank’s annual Foundation grants, community awards and Community Reward Account program.
Beyond Bank Foundation grants of $20,000 each to both the Wagga Wagga Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Wagga Women’s Health Centre were announced at a ceremony attended by more than 150 community leaders from across the Riverina.
Wagga Wagga Rescue Squad President Ray Willett said the grant would contribute to the purchase of a new rescue vehicle to be fitted out with the latest hydraulic and electric equipment, replacing an existing ageing vehicle.
The Rescue Squad has been providing much needed and valued rescue resources to Wagga and the surrounding regions since 1950. It’s the nation’s oldest volunteer rescue organisation and sparked the creation of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, which now represents more than 70 squads across the state.
“Thanks to the generous support of Beyond Bank Australia, we will be able to purchase necessary equipment that will help us respond even faster when our community is faced with adversity,” Mr Willett said.
Wagga Women’s Health Centre President Helen Mundy said the $20,000 grant would be used to help purchase a new building to accommodate its operations as the state’s longest-established rural women’s health service. Established in 1979, the Women’s Health Centre is staffed entirely by volunteers and provides counselling, support and community education on issues including violence, suicide, depression, grief and anxiety.
“We need to relocate from our Morgan St premises when funding for our lease ends in 2016, and this grant helps put us well on the way to achieving our goal to buy our own property to ensure that our services continue,” Ms Mundy said.
“We have a long partnership with Beyond Bank Australia and since opening our Community Reward Account in 2005, we have received more than $19,000 in bonus payments, and earlier this year Beyond Bank was the major sponsor of our Celebrating Women Gala Concert, which raised more than $14,000 for our new facility.”
This is the first time we have issued two grants, but both organisations were considered to be extremely worthy causes.
Our plan for the future is to increase our annual contributions by more than 150 percent as a demonstration of our commitment to strengthening the communities in which we operate.
At last night’s ceremony more than $170,000 in annual Community Reward Account bonus payments were presented. These payments will benefit more than 160 community and charitable groups in Wagga who have registered for Beyond Bank’s Community Reward Account.
The Community Reward Account is a high-interest earning account with a percentage of the balance donated by the bank to the account-holder’s nominated non-profit group. The account was launched in Wagga 11 years ago and has since distributed more than $1.6 million to the community.
At the end of each financial year, we add up the average balance held in all Community Reward Accounts and donate 1.5 per cent of the balance to the nominated organisation.
It has been incredibly successful in Wagga, with more than 160 local charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations reaping the rewards of their supporters placing their savings in a Community Reward Account.
For further information about how to apply for a Community Reward Account and support your preferred charitable organisation, visit our website or please leave a comment below.
^Robert – Chief Executive Officer
Photo: Russ Johnson Photography