Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Ltd

A home ground advantage

Whitehorse Pioneers Football Club celebrated its first home match of the season with a win against Chirnside Park. The Pioneers led all match, although Chirnside Park came within two goals at one point. But a best on ground performance from local Surrey Hills resident Anthony Chiodo in the last quarter saw the Pioneers hold on for their first win of the season (13 9 87 to 9 12 66).

The Surrey Hills Community Bank® is a proud sponsor of the Whitehorse Pioneers Football Club.

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Getting back to basics

The children at Florence Road Preschool are getting back to nature, as part of the preschool’s new bush kinder program. The children will visit Wattle Park with bush kinder teacher, Jess Hurdle, and enjoy everything that nature has to offer – outdoor spaces with plants, trees, rocks, mud, water etc. There won’t be any toys, any art supplies; only the beauty of nature.

The Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch is a proud sponsor of this innovative new program. Branch manager, Aaron, presented the preschool’s new parent committee with a sponsorship cheque. He also discussed our incentive program and children’s accounts.

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Look what’s new in the neighbourhood

The Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre has a new look, reopening its doors in March 2015. Dean, the Customer Relationship Officer from our Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch, joined the celebrations. Shima (the centre’s manager) had even more to be happy about when Dean presented her with a cheque for $1000. A neighbourhood centre member opened a home loan at our Surrey Hills branch, so we rewarded the centre with $1000. Shima will use the funds to purchase new equipment for ‘Parent Led Playgroup’ sessions, held every weekday 9.30-11.30am (except Wednesday).

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Box Hill RSL Bowls Club

CASH director Damien Hudson and Surrey Hills’ Branch staff members Adam and Helen visited the Box Hill RSL Bowls club to present a cheque for $1540. The club used the funds to purchase rubber mats with our logo, so bowlers can play slip free in all weather. We also presented the prize money to the winners of the social match. The bowls club is very happy with the support it receives from the CASH group.

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Friday the 13th – Lucky for some

Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some, but not for those who attended the Whitehorse Pioneers Football Club season launch on Friday 13 March. They were lucky to hear from guest speaker, Nick Maxwell, former premiership captain of the Collingwood Football Club, speak about his experiences playing football.

The club was lucky to receive a sponsorship cheque for $2200 from Surrey Hills Community Bank® manager Aaron Knott. It plans to buy new football jumpers and new netball uniforms.

Our senior manager, Nick Coker, was lucky to named in the club’s team of the decade. Nick played football for the club for 10 years. This was his first visit in over 10 years.

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Lending two hands

Our Manager at Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch Aaron Knott joined the Box Hill Lions Club as a new member and he will lend his pair of hands in local community service with this great group. Aaron was one of a number of new inductees to the Club who together with Club President Roger Dunkley and Membership Chairman Steve Haylock have put their hands up for the community.

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An incentive to bank with us

Sponsorship applications are one way we help the groups in our community. Another is incentive payments: we reward your group when members or supporters do business with us. They could open an account, take out a loan, get a new credit card, or purchase insurance. Bulleen Cricket Club recently received $2000 in incentive payments, when two of its members took out home loans at one of branches.

CASH director Dick Menting presented the cheque at the club’s reunion for past members. Members from as far back as the 1960s came along, to reminisce and compete in a veterans’ cricket match with another of our sponsored groups, Glen Iris Cricket Club.

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And the beat goes on…

Five years on and the Surrey Hills Music Festival is going strong. This year, the Bendigo Bank stage (proudly supported by the Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch) played host to some curiously named acts like the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Band, Men in Suits, We Are But Citizens, Canvas Road, The Satin Dolls and The Fat Rats Jazz Club, and Kill TV, among others.

Regulars noticed a few differences this year, like it was in November. Organisers scheduled a ticketed event for the Friday night (14 November), which sold out. And the stages were closer together than in the past, giving the festival an intimate feel this year.

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Who are the people in your neighbourhood?

Staff member Kathy visited Florence Road Preschool recently, to view the centre and meet the staff and committee. Kathy is living the Community Bank® point of difference, and has taken it upon herself to get to know the local community groups.

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Bring your bats and balls

Managers and staff from the Surrey Hills and Canterbury Community Bank® branches visited two local schools in October to present sports packs (each with a retail value of $3,500). Aaron (from the Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch) presented a pack to Surrey Hills Primary School, while Craig (from the Canterbury Community Bank® Branch) presented a pack to Chatham Primary School.

The packs are just another way we are handing back 60 per cent of our profits to the local groups that support us when they open an account or transfer their banking. Pop into one of our branches to find out how we can work together to help your school, club or organisation.

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