Bank of Queensland’s Morayfield branch is celebrating its recent fundraising efforts, which raised enough money to grant two wishes for seriously ill children through the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
To celebrate, the branch will be holding a special thank you ceremony which will be attended by Bank of Queensland’s Managing Director David Liddy, branch staff and Captain Starlight.
Bank of Queensland’s Morayfield branch fundraising coordinator Sonja Marsden was the driving force behind the campaign, which raised a total of $5,800.
In line with Bank of Queensland’s community strategy, this amount will be matched dollar for dollar, with a total of $11,600 being donated to Starlight.
Ms Marsden has been involved in several fundraising initiatives for a number of charities, but when the bank became involved with Starlight, she saw it as a wonderful opportunity to raise money for seriously ill children.
“I thought…we can do this. We can raise enough money to help these kids,” Ms Marsden said.
“Knowing BOQ would match every dollar I raised was also a big incentive and a huge help to get us to our target of raising enough money to grant two wishes.”
The branch sold specially made stars to customers, branch staff and the local community to raise the money.
BOQ Managing Director David Liddy said he was delighted that staff had done such an outstanding job of fundraising for such a worthwhile not-for-profit organisation.
“It’s fantastic to see the passion and dedication Sonja and others throughout BOQ put into fundraising for Starlight and we’re delighted we can help ‘top-up’ their fundraising through the Bank’s Dollar-for-Dollar program,” Mr Liddy said.
Starlight Queensland state manager Alison Dart said thanks to the dedication of the Bank of Queensland staff, two seriously ill children would now have their wishes granted.
She said Starlight’s wishgranting program was designed to, where possible, have a life changing impact on the child and their family.
Ms Dart said Starlight granted almost 100 wishes in Queensland each year but relied on the generosity of the public to do so because Starlight received no government funding.