BOQ donates $10,000 to help abused kids


Bank of Queensland’s Brisbane Equipment Finance team yesterday donated $10,000 to Student Care Welfare; a counselling service for underprivileged and abused children.
Student Care Welfare Counselling and Programs Coordinator Charles Wheeler said a sizeable donation like $10,000 could make a huge difference to the work being done by the SCW team.


“Our main aim is change the lives of young people for the better by empowering them with knowledge and confidence in their own self–worth.


“This promotion of hope and optimism prevents them from slipping into a destructive cycle of despair, depression or illegal drugs.


“This $10,000 donation will go a long way to helping us with new projects such as investigating the impact of using counselling techniques that include play therapy, which we call ‘Talking through Toys’.


“This program helps primary school age children cope with severe emotional issues that affect both their families and schools, to encourage them to become responsible members of the community in the future.


“These are real grass roots projects that will have an immediate positive impact on our young people, and I can’t thank the BOQ Equipment Finance team for their support.”


In handing over the cheque, Regional Sales Manager, BOQEF Brisbane Mark Sydes said that he and his team were inspired to get involved after hearing Charles speak at a corporate function last year.


“A colleague and I attended a function at the end of last year where Charles spoke after having just driven straight from Toowoomba, where he had been working through the night.


“Listening to his stories made us realise that we needed to do something; to get involved.


“We immediately started organising a Golf Day and a raffle, which helped us raise about $6,000, and BOQ threw in the additional $4,000 to bring it up to a $10,000 donation.


“I’m delighted to be able to present this to Student Care Welfare today, and would like to wish them all the best with their upcoming projects. 


“Being involved has really opened our eyes to what needs to be done, and we are committed to continuing to fundraise for this important group over coming years.”