Bankwest and United Way Join
Edmund Rice Camp for Kids and Redkite benefited from this
Helping hand to those in
need - a community partnership that works.
On 1 July 2010, United Way and Bankwest were proud to announce
their partnership to develop a community relations program
supporting local communities at grass roots level throughout
Australia. As part of the program Edmund Rice Camps for Kids and
Redkite are being given $200,000 each.
Staff at Bankwest will be contributing further through workplace
giving and corporate match. Many staff will also be given the
opportunity to volunteer with these charities and also undertake
further fundraising activities to raise additional funds for
United Way has a long history of supporting community
organisations and strives to provide a common good for those in
need and Bankwest shares this vision.
"This is a fantastic partnership for United Way" said Sue Dixon,
CEO of United Way WA. "The community relations program with
Bankwest is fully integrated throughout its business while having
the support network internally to make it happen. It harnesses the
collective power of the branches and their staff to make a real
difference to those in need," says Sue.
"The fact that the funds raised by corporate donation and staff
giving stay in their own community is very motivating, and really
helps to get buy in to the program" she said. "We are really
looking forward to working together".
"Putting back into the local community where we operate is close
to my heart" said Jon Sutton, Managing Director of Bankwest. "We
strive to capture the hearts and minds of our staff by providing an
engaging and active community involvement opportunity and we are
really pleased to partner with United Way to make this happen".
Redkite is an Australia wide charity that provides real support
to children, young people and their families through cancer and it
has remained their focus for 25 years.
Currently there are approximately 5000 families affected by
childhood and adolescent cancer in Australia. Redkite is there with
real and practical support for the whole family from the moment of
diagnosis, throughout treatment and when families return home to
Edmund Rice Camps for Kids is a non-profit community based
organisation that serves the needs of kids aged 7-16 and their
families. They provide camps and other recreational and
developmental activities for kids across Australia who would not
otherwise have such opportunities, supporting kids who are 'at
risk' or experiencing some form of disadvantage.
Edmund Rice Camps for Kids also supports and encourages the
growth and development of young adult volunteers, through
empowering them to assist those in need in the community.
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