Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Ltd

Size & Diversity of Community we support

Since the opening of the first branch in 2003, the Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Ashburton and Balwyn Community Bank® branches have supported more than 250 local groups and organisations. We’ve now contributed more than $3 million in sponsorship, grants and incentive payments.

The program has developed over time, based on a changing perspective about how the Community Bank® model can assist our local communities. Originally, we used sponsorships as a way of telling the community we were here. Now, we’re looking at the returns we can get from our community investments:

  • Returns to the Company, as additional banking business – Additional banking business grows the profits of the Company, which in turn allows us to grow the community investment program.
  • Returns to the community, as better outcomes – These outcomes could not be achieved without the financial support we provide.

Sporting clubs account for just over half (50.3 per cent) of total community investments since 2005, followed by Community welfare organisations (25.0 per cent), Community groups and events (14.3 per cent) and Schools and early childhood (6.9 per cent)

 

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Who we sponsor

Sporting clubs account for the largest proportion of sponsored organisations (42.02 per cent), followed by Community groups and events (28.15 per cent), Schools and early childhood (15.97 per cent), Community welfare organisations (13.45 per cent) and Business partnering (0.42 per cent).

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For information on how we can support your community organisation please contact our Senior Manager, Nick Coker

 

Latest Community Projects

Ashburton Village Festival- a celebration of community

The Ashburton Community Bank® were the proud Major Sponsor of the Ashburton Village Twilight Festival. An estimated 12,000 people enjoyed the summer sunshine and the great variety of activities on offer. Piggy was busy entertaining festival goers and enjoying time on the Ashburton Community Bank® stage. The Festival provided a great opportunity for the community to enjoy the vibrant Ashburton Village and wander down the normally busy
High st.

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Supporting children to reach their full potential

We are very proud to support Learning for Life Autism Centre in Balwyn. The centre aims to assist children with autism to reach their full potential regardless of their financial circumstances. Adam Osmani and Dot Tamburrini from the Balwyn Community Bank® branch recently presented Mary Muirhead from Learning for Life with a $5,500 cheque to support their annual fundraising ball.

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A big welcome to Roberts McCubbin Primary School

The Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch is pleased to have established a relationship with Roberts McCubbin Primary School in Box Hill South. Branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis recently presented school Principal Marg Pickburn and Fair coordinator Britta with a cheque for the school’s upcoming Family Fun Fair. The Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch is looking forward to the Fair and to building a great working relationship with the school.

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Music Festival in Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch is a proud major sponsor of the Surrey Hills Music Festival. Held in November, the main event day was blessed with glorious sunshine and a large crowd enjoyed a huge variety of music and great food offered by local Union Rd traders. We have a strong relationship with the Festival organising committee and have provided support of more than $27,000 to this event over
recent years.

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New equipment for Cricket Club

Sunday 29th January was a special day at the Bulleen Cricket Club. Life Members were invited to present the Most Valuable Player awards to current players and Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis presented President, Neil Henry with a sponsorship cheque for $4,000. The Community Bank® has a strong relationship with the club and its members. Sponsorship funds will be used to purchase new equipment and subsidise fees for junior players.

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On the road with Camcare

Chairman Juliann Byron and Senior Manager Nick Coker representing the Ashburton Community Bank® branch joined staff and volunteers at Camcare at their recent Christmas gathering. Camcare play a crucial role in our community supporting people through times of adversity including unemployment, ill health, financial stress and hardship, relationship difficulties, homelessness and security issues. We are pleased to have been able to provide funds to allow Camcare to purchase a motor vehicle for use by staff and volunteers.

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Cricket club supporting breast cancer awareness

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch was a guest of Mont Albert Cricket Club at their recent Ladies Luncheon. Funds were raised for the McGrath Foundation for their important work in Breast Cancer awareness and research. The event was well attended and full of energy and support for a great cause. Maggie also presented a cheque to the Club President Peter Knox for $1,000 in recognition of a club member banking with the Surrey Hills Community Bank®.

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Team effort supporting local events

The team of Managers (from left Adam Osmani-Balwyn, Kathy Koulouris- Ashburton, Maggie Stamoulis- Surrey Hills, Casey Etherton-Canterbury and Business Development Manager Nick Azar) from our four Community Bank® branches were all on hand in preparation for the Kris Kindl event in Canterbury. The team works closely together to support community events in all local areas. They have a shared commitment to continuing the great work that has been achieved to date to grow banking business and deliver contributions back to the Community.

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Kindergarten benefits from community banking

Kathy Koulouris, Manager from the Ashburton Community Bank® branch recently attended the Rowen St Kindergarten to present a cheque to the Committee President. We provided support for the Annual Rowen Street fun day held in October and an incentive payment for a kindergarten family who has recently taken out a home loan with the Ashburton Community Bank® Branch.

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Celebrating $3 million in Community Contributions

The Annual General Meeting of Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance was recently held at the Evergreen Centre in Balwyn. Shareholders and representatives from our community groups, joined Directors and staff from the Canterbury, Ashburton, Balwyn and Surrey Hills Community Bank® branches to celebrate the $3 million milestone. The four Community Bank® branches have provided more than $3 million back to the local community in sponsorship, grants and incentives through the Community Investment Program.

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