Six Bank of Queensland employees have shared in $45,000 for their chosen not-for-profit organisations through the Bank’s annual MD’s Awards for Community Involvement.
The Awards, introduced last year as part of the Bank’s new community investment strategy, recognise outstanding contributions made by employees in their communities by donating funds to the organisations they work so hard to support.
Tsunami Youth Group Logan West received the $20,000 Gold Award in recognition of the work of 19-year-old Customer Service Officer at Springwood, Jason Gray. Five other worthy not-for-profit organisations each received a $5,000 Silver Award.
Managing Director David Liddy said the Awards aim to recognise and encourage staff members who did regular work in the community outside of Bank hours.
“There are a number of BOQ employees who are quietly giving their time and money to a range of different causes and I wanted to encourage their involvement,” Mr Liddy said.
“Whilst our Dollar-for-Dollar program supports team and branch fundraising, the Awards recognise individual employees who are active in the community.
“This program allows us to identify and reward these staff members, as well as contributing financially to the cause they support,” he said.
Mr Gray won the $20,000 Gold Award for the Tsunami Youth program which provides Logan City’s young people with recreation, art, music and fun with a Christian, drug and alcohol-free environment.
Five Silver Awards of $5,000 were donated to:
- Launch Youth Group on the Sunshine Coast in recognition of BOQ Noosa Heads’ Customer Service Officer Luke Hulcombe.
- Cairns Junior AFL in recognition of BOQ Smithfield Relieving Branch Manager Debbie Podolczak.
- Logan Basketball Association on Brisbane’s Southside in recognition of BOQ Springwood Owner-Manager Tony Ambrose.
- Southern Highlands Renal Appeal in New South’s Wales in recognition of BOQ Bowral Owner-Manager Chris Benton
- St Vincent De Paul Society (St Flannan’s Conference) in recognition of BOQ Toombul Customer Service Officer Jenny Flanagan.
The Awards were presented at an exclusive dinner hosted by Mr Liddy and 4BC Radio personality John Miller, who kindly donated his time to help judge the Awards.