Heritage Bank’s Sunshine Coast branch managers swap beds for street swags

Heritage Bank’s Sunshine Coast branch managers swapped creature comforts for street swags recently, sleeping out in the cold for charity.

Their sleep-out at Buddina State School was part of the a charity project for The Shack community centre, which provides free one-on-one counselling, meals and assistance for the homeless and at-risk individuals at the Sunshine Coast.

The Nambour-based centre was selected as the lucky recipient when the Sunshine Coast team was awarded $1500 for their “charity pitch” at the annual 2013 Heritage Retail Conference.

The branch managers had to choose a charity then do a “pitch” to the conference delegates on why Heritage should support them with the $1500 donation.

Nambour Branch Sales and Service Manager Sandy McCulloch said The Shack was a deserving recipient of the funding.

“At the time of our Retail Conference, The Shack was looking for donations to help with sleeping bags so I suggested them as our chosen charity. We’ve supported them in the past and they are great Heritage customers,” she said.

The charity pitch inspired the Heritage team to get out and experience homeless life for one night, armed with only the clothes on their back, a street swag and a serve of hot soup.

“The Shack does such a wonderful job helping people who have fallen on hard times,” Sandy said.

“What we experienced doesn’t even come close to what some people go through on a daily basis.

“The team at The Shack really bring to light that there are far less fortunate people out there and that we should really be thankful for everything we have.”

This donation will help The Shack continue to provide much needed services on the Sunshine Coast. On a weekly basis, The Shack provides around 2000 lunches, 1500 breakfasts and gives out countless street swags, blankets and clothing items to those in need.

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