On Friday 8th June Uniting Country SA received $30,000 from the Commonwealth Bank Foundation with contributions from the Port Pirie, Kadina and Clare branches, as apart of the bank’s centenary grants.
The local branches nominated Uniting Country SA as a recipient for the grant, due to the much needed services it provides to each community.
Ian Eberhard, the executive manager of corporate services at Uniting Country SA says it is a very generous donation that they will be using to upgrade their emergency accommodation.
“We will be upgrading the play equipment and the surrounds, including some landscaping, a shelter and barbecue, and some basketball equipment for the families and children to gather and play. It will be a very good upgrade for the facility, which will help their lives.”
“Money is always tight in our industries, particularly for doing capital projects of this nature. We did apply for a few other grants and unfortunately were not successful with those.”
“We are really grateful that the Commonwealth Bank and community have recognised the work that we do in the community and the way we are able to apply that and help the people of the community.”
The Commonwealth Bank have donated a total of $10 million to the CommBank Foundation in celebration and recognition of 100 years of employees giving.
More than 13,000 current and retired bank employees donate a portion of their income to the program.
Alicia Guy, the manager of the Port Pirie branch says that they are thrilled to be able to support Uniting Country SA, especially because of the the important work they do in our local areas.
“It is especially meaningful that we are able to celebrate 100 years of employee giving, by nomination a local organisation to receive a centenary grant.”
Mr Eberhard says it was important to Uniting Country SA, knowing that some of the money has come from local Commonwealth Bank workers.
“It is so important because we are apart of the community, we work for them.”
“It is really so wonderful that the people within that community recognise the work that we do and appreciate that to the extent that they are willing to donate and help us out.”
In total, 1,000 community organisations across the country will receive a centenary grant from the Commonwealth Bank.