Community organisations in the Toowoomba area have now received a total of more than $500,000 in funding grants thanks to the ongoing success of the Heritage Charity Golf Day.
Heritage Bank today (Tuesday, 25 February) presented a total of $46,500 in donations to 11 local community organisations thanks to funds raised by the Charity Golf Day, which took place in December last year at the City Golf Club.
That pushed the total donations made via the event in its 16-year history to over $526,000.
Heritage CEO Mr John Minz said it was gratifying to burst past the $500,000 milestone.
“At Heritage, we’re all about giving back to the community in as many ways as we can. We exist solely to serve our customers and the communities they live in,” Mr Minz said.
“I am absolutely delighted that we have now been able to give back more than $500,000 to local organisations thanks to Golf Day’s success in the last 16 years.
“Those funds have been injected directly into the coffers of a huge number of local organisations which do fantastic work in making our community a better place.
“The support of generous sponsors including R&O Communication and Allianz Australia has built this event into a major fundraising day for local charities and community groups.
"Heritage takes great pride in our efforts to build and develop communities, and the golf day is a perfect example of how we continue to put People first in everything we do.
“I’m also extremely proud that the golf day is organised and run by volunteers from within our workforce, who freely give their time and effort to make this event such a success.”
The donations being made today are to the following groups:
· $4000 to the Apex Club of Toowoomba for their “backyard blitz” project at Toowoomba’s Children Contact Centre. The Centres is a non-profit organisation that provides a safe environment for separated parents with shared custody to exchange children and for parents subject to supervised contact orders to see their children. The Apex Club will be supplying the labour, plant and equipment, and sundry materials to lay artificial turf at the Centre.
· $2000 to the Back Plains State School to buy an outdoor BBQ, equipped with a sink and a wok burner, so they can join the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. This Program integrates into the primary school curriculum to reinforce literacy, numeracy, science, cultural studies and all aspects of environmental sustainability.
· $2500 to the Depression Support Network Toowoomba, to purchase equipment to enable volunteers to more effectively support people with depression seeking help.
· $4000 to Glennon House Toowoomba, which provides affordable, homely short and medium stay accommodation for people who come to Toowoomba for medical purposes. The grant will be used to provide play equipment for children whose mothers are in Toowoomba awaiting the birth of a baby or caring for a child in hospital; and to replace worn armchairs with new high-backed padded tub chairs.
· $5000 to Hear and Say Centre Toowoomba to buy equipment and resources such as speech & language assessments, therapy toys and resources, teaching books and therapy furniture.
· $7000 to Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland to buy two second- hand cargo containers to store Community Recovery resources in preparation for natural disasters, and to help buy an industrial cleaner for their Distribution Centre.
· $5000 to the St Vincent’s Hospital Children’s Ward to purchase new oximeters that more accurately monitor oxygen saturation levels for unwell young babies and children.
· $5000 to the St Vincent’s oHhHospital Breast Care Nurse to purchase post-operative bras for cancer patients.
· $5000 to the University of Queensland’s Watermemories Swimming Club, which provides structured swimming sessions for people with dementia in the Toowoomba region.
· $5000 to Scouts Darling Downs to help the Withcott Scout Group purchase a traditional ridge tent and fly, for use in training and development activities.