Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Ltd

Let there be lights

South Yarra Football Club trained in the dark for over 8 years, until our Canterbury, Ashburton, Surrey Hills and Balwyn Community Bank® branches helped throw some light on the issue. We provided $25,000 over five years to build a new light tower.

CASH group director and CEO Dick Menting threw the switch on 24 April. He was joined by club president Bruce Hill (the driving force behind project), John Pesutto (Member for Hawthorn), David Cannizzo (CEO, Southern Football Netball League) and Matthew Thiessen (senior CSO at our Surrey Hills branch).

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Doing it for the kids

On Good Friday every year, the Box Hill Miniature Steam Rail Society holds an open day to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. This year, they raised $6,104.95. The society has been running the open day since 1999, and so far they’ve raised $75,500.

The railway is also open the third Sunday. Children can ride the trains for a small amount, with all proceeds donated to various charities.

The Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Group has supported the club over the years, most recently providing funds to help upgrade the picnic and BBQ areas.

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Relaxing in the shade

East Camberwell Tennis Club has been upgrading its clubhouse, with some help from the Canterbury, Ashburton, Surrey Hills and Ashburton Community Bank® branches. Club members now have a comfortable and shady deck for relaxing and watching some sets.

We’ve supported the club for many years. We provided $1000 sponsorship towards the deck and shade sail and a loan for some additional funds to complete the project.

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Hawthorn Amateur Football Club celebrates 20 years

Hawthorn Amateur Football Club held its annual ball at Kooyong Tennis Centre, to introduce the team for the 2015 season. From the squad of 40 announced a few weeks ago, the club introduced the 22 players and coach who will represent the club this season.

The club also celebrates 20 years this year. The ball was the perfect time to present life memberships to two members. One was the manager at our Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch, Aaron, who’s been involved with the club as a player and committee member since 1999.

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Helping a club from the ground up

Camberwell Sharks Junior Football Club has 18 teams, ranging from under 9s to Colts, with teams for boys and girls. Our Canterbury, Ashburton, Surrey Hills and Balwyn Community Bank® branches have supported the club for many years, providing $50,000 in sponsorship to help build the club rooms.

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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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Saving local lives

Community defibrillators save lives. Our local Community Bank® branches are on a mission to equip our local shopping centres and sporting areas with these amazing life saving devices. Easy to use and safe to operate, the defibrillators actually tell you what to do. Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch Manager, Aaron, presented Cocco Latte Café owner Nalin with a defibrillator for the Surrey Hills shopping centres.

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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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Working together to create beautiful things

Surrey Hills Community Bank® staff member, Adam, visited Our Holy Redeemer Primary School, to talk about building a partnership that benefits us both. Adam met with business manager Trish Fisher and Principal Liz McIntyre.

While he was there, Adam also spent some time admiring a student painting that won a state award.

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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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