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

'Back to School' at Soccer Trivia night

The Ashburton United Soccer Club (and Alamein Football Club) recently held their major annual fundraiser. The Trivia night themed ‘Back to School’ was a great success and an opportunity for the Ashburton Community Bank® to present sponsorship and incentive cheque payments. $9,500 was provided to the club in Sponsorship and Banking Rewards payments, in recognition of recent home loans taken out by club members.  The night was a huge success with the club raising much needed funds to support the many programs they offer.

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Community Bank® Under 16's Grand finalists again

The Ashy Redbacks Community Bank® Under 16 girls made the Grand Final for the third successive year. These girls showed great team spirit and although not the premiers this time they played a great game against the undefeated Kew Comets.
The Ashburton Community Bank® has been proud to be the naming sponsor of this team for the last two years. We look forward to continuing our involvement in season 2018. Well Done to all involved on a fantastic season.

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Supporting East Camberwell Tennis Club

Staff at the Canterbury Community Bank® Branch were busy preparing promotional materials for the East Camberwell Tennis Club event held recently.  Committee member Charles Povey (pictured with Ashley Wingfield) is grateful for the support of the Community Bank® and encourages club members to contact us for their banking needs.

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Ladies Lunch at Old Scotch Football Club

Chariman Juliann Byron recently attended the Old Scotch Football Club ladies lunch at the Camberwell Sports Ground. Pictured here with the club’s number one ticket holder Susan Alberti AC and Club President Tim Shearer.
The Community Bank® is a proud sponsor of Old Scotch Football Club and has a long standing relationship with this group. Old Scotch had three premiership victories with the Premier B, Premier B Reserves and Premier Thirds all taking home premierships in Season 2017. Well Done to all involved.

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All set for the Surrey Hills Music Festival

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch recently presented Melissa Chipp (left) Surrey Hills Music Festival Director with a cheque for $7,000 for sponsorship of the Festival being held in November. Pictured here with Maggie and Melissa is Shima Ibuki and Chris Young from the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre. The Music Festival is the premier community music event in the area and our Surrey Hills Branch is a proud sponsor again in 2017.

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Men's Health & Sport raises funds for FightMND

More than 90 guests attended our Spring Business Breakfast held at the MCC Sports Club in Kew. Gerard Whateley, Neale Daniher AM and David Parkin OAM provided an engaging, insightful and at times humorous discussion about men’s health and sport.  The event raised funds for Neale’s Charity Fight MND. More than $7,500 was raised through ticket and raffle sales and a donation from the Canterbury, Ashburton, Balwyn & Surrey Hills Community Bank® branches.

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Financial Inclusion at Swinburne University

Our group of Community Bank® branches are pleased to be supporting Swinburne’s Financial Inclusion Action Plan. As part of a commitment to ensuring their students realise their educational potential, Swinburne has developed a Financial Inclusion Action Plan to better support students. Through a number of initiatives and programs, they provide support for students who have been exposed to financial hardship and who may struggle with other difficulties triggered by financial stress. Funding provided by the Community Bank® will enable this program to meet its objectives

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Hawthorn Amateur Football club- Social Media winners

Congratulations to the Hawthorn Amateur Football Club Ashy Redbacks for winning one of our $2,000 sponsorship’s at the recently held Maximising the Value of Social Media Workshop. The club are very active on Social Media ensuring they recognise their sponsors at every opportunity. Well Done Hawthorn! Chairman, Juliann Byron presented to the cheque to club representatives Greta Drane and Kate Masters at the event.

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Chilean Independence Celebrations

The Canterbury Community Bank® supported the Sauzal Folkloric Dance Group who participated in Chilean Independence day celebrations. Numerous events are held throughout Melbourne during September for the Chilean community to commemorate the date Chile declared independence from Spain. Canterbury Community Bank® Branch Manager, Shuro Shome, Senior Manager, Nick Coker and Canterbury staff member Harrinson Gomez attended the event.

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Ashburton United Soccer Club- Social Media Winners

Congratulations to the Ashburton United Soccer Club for winning one of our $2,000 sponsorship’s at the recently held Maximising the Value of Social Media Workshop. The club are very active on Social Media ensuring they recognise their sponsors at every opportunity. Well Done Ashburton United! Chairman, Juliann Byron presented to the cheque to club representatives Lesley Gemmell and Hannah Charman at the event.

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