Regional Australia Bank donates to multiple community organisations

Pindimar/Tea Gardens RFS Captain David Bright shows the certificate for the local organisation’s donation from the Community Partnership Program.

COMMUNITY groups including sporting clubs, environmental groups, and health services were among the esteemed recipient organisations in this year’s Regional Australia Bank’s (RAB) Community Partnership Program, presented back in September at the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Surf Life Saving Club.

“The Community Partnership Program is something we are really proud of and love being able to give something back to the hardworking groups that make these communities,” an RAB spokesperson told NOTA.

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The Partnership Program is held across the state, and marked its 15th successful year in 2023, and, according to the Bank, has donated over $2.75 million across regional Australia in the past 12 months alone, to over 1900 community groups.

The Tea Gardens event was held on Tuesday, 5 September, where over $24,193 was donated directly to the Tea Gardens community.

Recipients locally included the Rural Fire Service, Tea Gardens Country Club Bowls Clubs, Surf Life Saving Clyb, Galleries in the Gardens, Myall U3A, Myall Koala and Environment Group, Myall Park Croquet, Myall River JRLFC, Toy Library, and Free Clinic Bus, among more than two dozen.

Dave Heine, the Chief Executive Officer of Regional Australia Bank, said, “As a customer-owned bank, we are deeply committed to supporting our regional communities, and witnessing the continued growth and success of the Community Partnership Program brings us immense joy.”

Mr Heine highlighted the vital role that initiatives like the Community Partnership Program play in ensuring these organizations can continue their important work.

The donations materialise as part of a customer-led program at each branch.

“Bank members transact with a selected savings account and nominate their preferred organization from a list, Regional Australia Bank then calculates the average annual balance and donates the equivalent of one percent to the chosen group,” RAB’s spokesperson explained.

“The remarkable aspect of the Community Partnership Program is the assurance that we collaborate with individuals who embrace our shared ideals and values,” expressed Mr Heine.

The Regional Australia Bank continuously seeks to expand their network, so any other community interest groups who wish to register may visit the local branch or contact the Bank’s Service Support Centre.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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