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

New Training Nets for Surrey Hills Cricket Club

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® presented the Surrey Hills Cricket Club Coach/Captain Tim Foster with a sponsorship cheque for $8,500. The sponsorship will be used to fund the installation of retractable training nets at Surrey Park. Our ongoing support of the Surrey Park Sporting club precinct continues with funds of more than $23,000 provided to the Cricket Club to date.

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Special day for children with a disability

Director Dick Menting and staff from the Balwyn Community Bank® branch attended the Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway special day for children with a disability. This annual event organised by the Rotary Club of Balwyn is a fabulous day for the carers and families and children with a disability.  The Balwyn Community Bank® branch has supported this event for many years and we are always pleased to see the joy and delight on the children’s faces.

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How many Piggies can you see?

We have a Winner!
As part of our involvement in the Surrey Hills Music Festival the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch ran a competition to win a $500 bank account. Entrants had to guess the number of Piggy money boxes they could see lazing around in the inflatable pool. Our lucky winner was most excited to get the call she had guessed the correct number. A very happy new customer to the Surrey Hills branch.

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Camcare program supports Parkhill Primary School

Kathy Koulouris, Manager of the Ashburton Community Bank® branch and Chairman Juliann Byron attended the Camcare Annual General Meeting and presented a cheque for $13,200 to Camcare Chief Executive Officer, Jane Broadhead.
The grant provided by the Ashburton Community Bank® funded the ‘Inspiring Warriors’ program being run at Parkhill Primary School. The program teaches emotional regulation and resilience.

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Supporting Cricket Umpires

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch and Director, Dick Menting presented the Eastern Cricket Umpires Association with a sponsorship cheque to President Chris Main.
Our contribution provides support for the senior club members and assists with the development of the cultural awareness program being run by the association. Over the years we have provided support to this association totaling $8,000.

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Defibrillator for Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre

Kathy Koulouris, Manager of the Ashburton Community Bank® branch and staff member Madeleine Smith attended the Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre Annual General Meeting. They presented a cheque to the Centre Chairwoman Margaret Taylor and Co-ordinator Peter Nash. The funds provided by the Ashburton Community Bank® were put towards the purchase of a defibrillator.

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Surrey Hills Music Festival- a community success

There was rain,hail and sunshine at the 2017 Surrey Hills Music Festival. Despite the challenging and changing weather, many people came out to enjoy the fabulous musical program.
Maggie Stamoulis, Branch Manager from the Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch and Director, Damien Hudson presented our sponsorship cheque for $7,000 to Festival Director Melissa Chipp.

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25 years of Swinburne University

Chairman, Juliann Byron and Senior Manager, Nick Coker attended a gala dinner to celebrate 25 years of Swinburne University. Held in the Plaza Ballroom, the event celebrated the remarkable achievements of Swinburne people– visionaries, trailblazers, connectors and challengers. The Swinburne story is one of great ambition and tremendous achievement. Our network of Community Bank® branches have a strong relationship with Swinburne University. We support the Centre of Student Leadership, provide leadership and volunteer awards and provide support to the Financial Inclusion Program for students in financial difficulty. We congratulate Swinburne on this wonderful achievement.

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Camberwell Multiple Births Association

Kathy Koulouris, Manager of the Ashburton Community Bank® branch presented Camberwell Area Multiple Births Association (CAMBA) President Debbie Baydan with a cheque for $1,000 to support the group.
The room was full of twins and triplets with there parents and there were smiles all around.

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Brian Nankervis hosts Music Festival kick off

The Surrey Hills Music Festival kicked off in style at the Emulation Hall in Canterbury last week. Brian Nankervis hosted festival favourites The Band who knew too much and Andy Layfield and the Sound.
The Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch is once again a Major Sponsor of the Music Festival which will be held in Surrey Hills from 17-19 November.  The Community Bank® has provided more than $34,000 in Sponsorship of the Festival over the years. We look forward to a fabulous 2017 event.

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