Heritage staff “blitz” their bosses for Endeavour Foundation

Gut-busting efforts by Heritage Building Society staff to out-run their bosses have paid dividends for the Endeavour Foundation in Toowoomba.

Heritage CEO John Minz today handed over $1800 to the Endeavour Foundation thanks to the dedication – and perspiration – of staff members.

The employees raised the money through the annual “Blitz the Boss” competition held in conjunction with the Queensland Half Marathon at Doomben Racecourse last month.

Each year, Heritage’s Senior Executives challenge staff members to “blitz” them in the Half Marathon, 10km or 5km runs.

For every staff member who manages to out-run a “boss’, Heritage makes a contribution to the Endeavour Foundation, the not-for-profit organisation that provides a mix of vital services and support to assist around 3,400 Queenslanders living with disabilities, including 200 in Toowoomba.

This year 60 staff members challenged a boss and 18 of those managed to beat them home – each earning $100 for the Endeavour Foundation.

Mr Minz said Heritage was very happy to be involved in an initiative that supported such a worthwhile cause.

“Heritage is much more than just a financial institution – we strive to make a positive contribution to the lives of everyone in the communities where we operate,” he said.

“The Endeavour Foundation deserve our support, and our staff also deserve congratulations for taking up the challenge to endure a small amount of physical hardship to help out such an important organisation.”

Endeavour’s Deputy Chairman Mr Shane Charles, said the Foundation relied on the goodwill of the community to be able to provide vital services to its clients across the State.

“Whether through one-off donations like this, through workplace giving or through long-term corporate partnership, Endeavour appreciates the vital support of big-hearted companies like Heritage and their staff and we thank them for their generosity,” Shane said.

“Without it, we would not be able to provide 2,098 people with employment opportunities, 904 people with support to live in their own homes, 801 people with learning and lifestyle opportunities and 235 families with vital respite services.”

Endeavour Foundation Industries Toowoomba employs 142 people with a disability in food and general packaging, confidential document destruction and production of construction products.

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