Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Ltd

Youth

Boroondara Youth Foundation
The Boroondara Youth Foundation, facilitated by the Craig Family Centre in Ashburton, is part of a statewide initiative that funds youth-led projects and aims to increase young people’s connections with their local community. The Company supports the foundation financially (recently funding a professional facilitator) and by providing mentoring and advice.

We are helping the foundation’s committee (which is comprised entirely of local young people) create a sustainable funding platform, by helping them develop strategies to raise funds from other sources.

Youth Summit
Bendigo Community Bank® branches and youth foundations work with the Magic Moments Foundation to grow the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow. In 2014, 101 young people from around Australia gathered in Kyneton at the Youth Summit. They attended sessions on leadership skills (like communication and team building), aspects of business (including financial literacy, investing, compounding and entrepreneurship) and social issues (such as social media etiquette and bullying). We awarded scholarships to two applicants from local high schools in 2014, and two applicants from local sponsored community groups.

Junior Observers
We recommenced our Junior Observers Program in 2014, where four local Year 11 students attend our Board and committee meetings, and find out how a listed public company is administered. The program gives business students a solid understanding about modern corporate governance procedures and why they’re important. Students also meet key personnel from the business, to understand their roles and responsibilities.

We take the students to the Bendigo Centre, the national corporate headquarters for the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, located in Bendigo. After touring this vast, modern building and how it operates, the students meet executives from different parts of the Bank, to discuss how they affect the work of their local Community Bank®.

Places for future Junior Observer Programs are available only for students from partner schools, and are keenly sought. For more information, please contact Juliann Byron.

Youth Committee
We recognise the important contribution youth can make to our future growth and development through our youth programs. We plan to keep helping the young people who take advantage of our youth programs. Our Youth Committee assists the Board on issues affecting young people in our community. The committee reports to the Board, and the committee chair will attend Board meetings to report on the committee activities.

 

Sporting clubs

Sporting clubs receive approximately half of the funds we invest. This is a considered strategy, because Australians value sporting clubs highly. Sport and recreation provides a catalyst for community gatherings, from small functions to major events, where people play talk and share experiences (Department of Sport and Recreation WA). Most of the 100 clubs we sponsor are run by volunteers and provide a vital community function, adding to the social capital of our community.

We spread our investment among a variety of sports, covering all ages, gender and ability. We have invested over $1.34 million in local sporting clubs since 2003. Around one-third has gone to football clubs (34.6 per cent), one-third to cricket clubs (32.6 per cent), 7.0 per cent to soccer clubs and 6.1 per cent to basketball clubs.

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Community welfare

We’ve invested over $671,000 in community welfare groups and organisations since 2003. Around 60 per cent of these funds have gone to organisations helping people with disabilities, like Alkira, the Learning for Life Autism Centre, Basscare, Burke and Beyond and Samarinda Aged Care Services. The remaining 40 per cent went to other community welfare organisations, like the Boroondara Youth Foundation, Foundation Boroondara, the Magic Moments Foundation, neighbourhood centres and houses, and support groups.

Schools and early childhood

We’ve invested over $158,000 in 26 local schools since 2003, including government schools, Catholic schools, independent schools, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, and special schools. We’ve invested another $24,000 in early childhood services like kindergartens, child care services and toy libraries.

Community groups and events

Community groups and events are another way we invest in our community, especially those delivering programs. We’ve contributed over $353,000 to community groups and events since 2003. Almost half has gone to Rotary clubs (45.5 per cent), while traders associations received almost a quarter (23.2 per cent).

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Latest Community Projects

Ladies Lunch at Surrey Park Football Club

Maggie Stamoulis and Jo May from the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch recently attended a ladies lunch at the Surrey Park sports pavilion hosted by the Surrey Park Football Club. The event was a fundraiser for the club and was enjoyed by many club ladies on a sunny winter day. The Surrey Hills Branch has a great relationship with the Football Club and we have recently provided funding toward the installation of the new electronic scoreboard.

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Boroondara Netball celebrates 21 years.

Congratulations to the Boroondara Netball Association who recently celebrated their 21 Birthday. Chairman Juliann Byron and Director Dick Menting attended the celebration at the Boroondara Netball Centre in North Balwyn.  The Association now has 3,500 players and more than 300 teams. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement.

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Warming up at Hockey Club

Kathy Koulouris, Manager at the Ashburton Community Bank® Branch and Director, Bob Stensholt recently attended Waverley Hockey Club to present a cheque for new outdoor heaters for the club. The heaters will make it much for comfortable for spectators during the cold winter months.  Kathy also launched a home loans incentive campaign providing the club the opportunity to earn up to  $25,000 for banking referrals from Waverley Hockey club.

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New Uniforms for Richmond Central Amateur Football Club

Ashburton Community Bank® Branch Manager, Kathy Koulouris recently presented Josh Sharp from Richmond Central Amateur Football Club with a sponsorship cheque for the purchase of player warm up tops.  We have had a long standing relationship with this club and wish them all the best for a successful 2017 playing season.

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Recognising academic excellence at Fintona

Balwyn Community Bank® Manager, Adam Osmani attended Fintona Girls School to present the Commerce Student of the Year with a $100 deposit into a Community Bank account. Joanna Bleakley received the award for outstanding achievements in Commerce and is pictured here with the Head of Commerce, Chris Williams and Adam.

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Foodie Festival coming to Surrey Hills

Branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis, from the Surrey Hills Community Bank® presented a Sponsorship cheque to Our Holy Redeemer Primary School Principal, Frank Dame.  The Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch is very pleased to be a Gold sponsor of the Foodie Festival the school is organising later in 2017.

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New Goals for Riversdale Soccer Club.

Gary Johnson, one of our Business Development Managers recently attended the Riversdale Soccer Club and presented a sponsorship cheque for $4,400 to Club President Rob Favata. The sponsorship is provided to the Soccer Club support the purchase of new goals. We look forward to building a successful relationship with the club.

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New Scoreboard for Hockey Club

Staff from the Surrey Hills Community Bank® recently attended a family day celebration at the Kew Box Hill Brumbies Hockey Club. Piggy made a popular appearance and Branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis presented a cheque to Club President, Mike Hanlon for sponsorship to support the installation of a new scoreboard.  An additional $1,000 was provided in recognition of a club member settling a home loan with the Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch.

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Facilities upgrade for Ceres Calisthenics.

Director, Bob Stensholt and Ashburton Community Bank® Branch Manager, Kathy Koulouris visited the Ceres Calisthenics Club to present a sponsorship cheque to support the facility upgrade at the Club in Ashwood.  The club has more than 170 girls and women competing at championship level across every age group. We have had a long standing relationship with this club.

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Redbacks on their way to earning $25,000

]Ashburton Community Bank® Manager, Kathy Koulouris and Senior Manager, Nick Coker recently launched a Home Loans Campaign at the Ashy Redbacks.
The club will be rewarded each time a member or supporter moves their home loan to the Ashburton Community Bank®. Denise Garrett (pictured) is the first Ashy Redback member to do this earning $1,000 for the club. If nine other club members do the same the club will earn $25,000. We are proud supporters of the Ashy Redbacks and wish them every success for the 2017 season.

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