Regional Australia Bank’s Community Partnership Program celebrates its tenth birthday and gives back nearly $24,000 to the Guyra community

Regional Australia Bank has given nearly $24,000 to the Guyra community to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Community Partnership Program.

This year’s community donations smashed the million dollar milestone, with a whopping total of $1,028,402.00. That’s something to raise the spirits in this difficult time of droughts.

Guyra certainly found plenty to cheer about on Tuesday August 13, when Regional Australia Bank awarded $23,869.88 to the local community at the Guyra Community Partnership presentations event held at the Guyra Bowling Club.

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The donations will be divided amongst a number of worthwhile local organisations and businesses. Some of this year’s recipients include:

Can Assist Guyra Branch

Can Assist Guyra is a charity that provides accommodation, support and financial assistance to local families affected by cancer.

They have been with the Community Partnership Program since its inception ten years ago.

The donation money has been used to help cancer patients and their families with bills, accommodation costs, transport to and from their treatment, medication, and fuel cards.

This year’s donation will be used to continue the great work.

Guyra Bowling & Recreation Club

Guyra Bowling Club first joined the Community Partnership Program in 2013, after hearing about it from the girls in the local branch. They have used the donations to improve the facilities for local residents.

For example, last year they spent the donation on a set of outdoor tables and chairs for the picnic area.

This year’s funds will again go towards upgrading the bowling club.

Regional Australia Bank turns 50

Aside from celebrating 10 years of the Community Partnership Program, 2018 also represents the 50th anniversary of Regional Australia Bank.

The bank has contributed more than 2.5 million dollars to deserving community groups over the last few years through the Community Partnership Program.

Phil Williams, Regional Australia Bank Senior Branch Operations Manager, said: “We’re hugely proud of our ability to deliver social and environmental returns to our regional communities. We are passionate about giving back to our community, and empowering our customers to support local community groups they feel strongly about.”

The Community Partnership Program allows new bank customers to open a transaction account, and at the same time pledge their support for a group or organization close to their heart. 

Regional Australia Bank then calculates the average annual balance of all supporters’ accounts, and donates 1% of the total to the cause on the customers’ behalf – all without costing them a cent. 

With more and more people getting on board, the Community Partnership Program has continued to grow at over 30% per year ­– and provides invaluable donations to various local grass roots clubs and community groups.

“The Community Partnership Program is just one of the ways in which we assist our customers and communities,” Regional Australia Bank CEO Kevin Dupé,said  “Regional Australia Bank is proud to continue delivering the Community Support Program in 2018, enabling it to continue enhancing the quality of life and a strong sense of community for the regions it serves.

“Our customer owned structure means that not only do our clientele benefit from fairer fees, competitive interest rates and the local expertise, they also know they’re benefiting Regional Australia by helping it prosper and thrive.”

In addition to the Community Partnership Program, Regional Australia Bank also gives 5% of its net profits back to the community through sponsorships to local clubs and community organisations, as well as contributing to regional infrastructure projects. 

“The Community Partnership Program represents community activism at its best, and we want to thank all our loyal members,” Phil Williams said. “Because without your ongoing support, this invaluable donation scheme would not be able to thrive.

“After all, it’s the opportunity to make a difference, to build better communities and to create better places to live that drives so many of us – so it’s fitting that our customers, who are also members of our communities, lead the way in initiatives like this one.”

Here’s to the next 50 years!

Community Partnership Program Guyra beneficiaries

Can Assist-Guyra Branch

Guyra Bowling & Recreation Club

Guyra Rescue Squad

Guyra Central School Parents & Citizens Association

Guyra Gun Club Incorporated

St Mary of The Angels P & F Association

Guyra Junior Rugby League

Guyra United Soccer Club Incorporated

Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall

Anglican Parish of Guyra

Guyra Adra Op-Shop

Black Mountain Preservation

Bald Blair Public School P & C

Guyra Cricket Association

Rotary Club of Guyra Inc

Ben Lomond Rural Fire Service

Guyra and District Automotive Club Inc

Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival Committee

Guyra and District Pony Club Inc.

Guyra Polar Bears Swimming Club Incorporated

Guyra Rugby League Football Club Inc.

Guyra Community Garden Incorporated

Guyra Hotel Anglers Club Incorporated

Country Womens Association of NSW Guyra Branch

Guyra & District Chamber of Commerce Inc

Guyra Cycling Community Inc

New England Rail Trail Incorporated

Ben Lomond Branch of Country Women’s Association