On 15 September, we were proud to announce a $15,000 donation to help the Rotary Club of Wollundry  purchase 11 more Automated External Defibrillators (AED) as part of its Defib for Life Wagga program.
We strongly believe in the Defib for Life project and are pleased to be able to help widen its reach. Providing equipment and information that can help save a life is an exceptionally worthwhile cause as each year in Australia, around 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.
Rotary has undertaken a project to increase the number of publicly accessible AEDs in the Wagga region and educate the community on their existence and use. It has already raised funds for 14 AEDs and believes Beyond Bank’s contribution, combined with matched funding from local organisations, will enable them to make AEDs available at 11 more locations.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can affect anyone, anywhere, anytime. The first five minutes of a SCA is vital. The chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent with every minute that passes without defibrillation.
We were also pleased to announce that 128 Riverina-based not-for-profit organisations would be receiving a financial boos through our Community Reward Account  (CRA) program. The unique program has gone from strength to strength since its inception 14 years ago and has seen the Bank distribute more than $2 million to not-for-profit groups in cities and towns nationwide.
The Community Reward Account works just like a normal every day account but the difference is that once a year, we donate a percentage of the annual average balance to charities chosen by our customers. It’s a really innovative way to fundraise that doesn’t cost our customers anything, just encouraging them to save, and provides them a way of contributing to their local community and in these tough economic times, donations of any amount can make a real difference to the bottom line of not-for-profit organisations.
In the Riverina, other organisations who received funding included: Ganmain Grong Grong Matong Football Club, Country Hope, Cancer Council NSW, Lake Albert Bushfire Brigade, and Riverina Conservatorium of Music.
Thank you to everyone who has chosen to participate in the CRA program and utilise this initiative to support a local community organisation. Groups in the Riverina tell us the funds they receive through CRA mean they no longer have to do the hard yards of fundraising through sausage sizzles and raffles, but can instead focus on their vital work. We would love people to continue to join us in our effort to support local organisations who give so much to our community.