Bank of Queensland's 222 branches nationwide will be encouraging Australians to have a heart for childhood heroes in the Bank's third annual fundraising campaign, Banking on our Kids.
Banking on our Kids runs throughout July and raises funds for Children’s Hospitals Australia; a partnership of the five major children’s hospital foundations in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.
BOQ Managing Director David Liddy said that, after meeting some of the Banking on our Kids ambassadors for 2007, he was inspired to make this the Bank’s biggest fundraising appeal ever.
“I met four of our young ambassadors including the daughter of a former staff member of ours, Jessica.
“Jessica has had anti-immune hepatitis since she was 15 months old, yet she is one of the sweetest and funniest kids you’ll ever meet.
“Being a dad myself, and a grandfather for the second time, seeing an ill or injured child makes you realise just how precious life is, especially when it’s just beginning.
“So I want to make sure that our 2007 Banking on our Kids appeal is our most successful yet.”
AFL player Luke Power, Brisbane Bronco David Stagg and ex-Rugby Union legend Ben Tune are also great supporters of Banking on our Kids, and threw a ball around with a few great kids from the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane recently.
Luke was also inspired after meeting some of our Ambassadors, saying “Meeting kids like Jessica, Abigail, Joel and Justin, who have already been through so much at such a young age, makes you understand just how important children’s hospitals actually are.
“These amazing kids spend so much time in hospital and are so reliant on the facilities and medication available at these hospitals, and through it all they maintain a positive outlook and keep smiling through the pain.
“They really are superheroes.”
BOQ staff right across the country are getting behind the appeal, asking customers to be Heroes with Hearts, and are wallpapering themselves, and their branches, with paper hearts purchased by customers for a $2 donation to the appeal.
David Liddy said the hearts were not only a great way to raise money, but they would also raise sick kids’ spirits.
“We are asking everyone to ‘be a hero with a heart’ and buy a $2 paper heart, and then to write a simple message on it to a sick kid in hospital.
“When the appeal is over, we will be delivering the hearts to Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia, who will distribute the hearts to sick kids at any one of their five major hospital foundations in Australia, including the Royal Children’s Hospital right here in Brisbane.”
Mr Liddy said he and the BOQ team were more than happy to get behind Banking on our Kids because it was such an important appeal.
“When you have kids, you realise that children’s hospitals really do the most amazing and important work.
“We have set a target of raising more than $30,000 right across the Bank, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure we meet it.
“It’s so great having customers come in to our branches and see our walls covered with hearts. It is such a great idea - buying a heart to help raise funds for the appeal while also helping to raise the spirits of a sick child in hospital somewhere.”
The team at BOQ 259 Queen Street is available for photo opportunities with their hearts. Or we can provide you with photos of sick kids with football heroes Ben Tune, Luke Power and David Stagg, similar to that on this site.