BMD Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club has Received a $5,000 Donation From BOQ

Monday, 10/10/2011

BMD Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club has received a $5,000 donation from BOQ on behalf of BOQ Brisbane Customer Assistance Team Leader, Greg Durie, who was recently announced as the Silver winner in the Bank’s Managing Director’s Awards for Community Involvement.

The annual national Awards recognise outstanding contributions made by BOQ employees in their communities by donating funds to the organisations they work so hard to support.

Greg Durie is the Superintendent of Junior Activities, a new position that co-ordinates with Emergency Services and implements risk assessment strategies as well as liaising with media and the public.

Between November 2010 to June 2011 Greg spent over 240 hours volunteering for Surf Life Saving Australia and had previously volunteered for four years, prior to his new role.

Greg believes in the foundations of Surf Life Saving and the message it sends, which is why he is such a keen supporter of the charity.

“I have an honest belief in the fundamentals of Life Saving, the mateship and the “can do” attitude of its members young and old,” Greg said.

“The $5,000 will be put to good use to purchase a marquee to reduce the risk of sun burn at competitions and to buy new Club boards for members who can’t afford their own.” 

BMD Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club Junior Activities Co-ordinator, Tiarne Smith said she is so grateful for Greg’s effort and commitment to the Club and of course to BOQ for recognising Greg’s efforts with the $5,000 donation.

“Greg’s hard work has made a big impact on some of the projects we’ll be able to undertake in the coming year and we’ve very grateful to both Greg and BOQ,” Tiarne said.

The Bank’s Managing Director, David Liddy, said he was extremely proud of the contributions that Greg and hundreds of other BOQ people perform in their local community every week.

“Every year I hear of more and more BOQ people who are dedicated to helping out behind the scenes in their local community. These people spend their valuable spare time helping others and holding these awards is one of the ways I can encourage and reward these people and support this fantastic community spirit,” Mr Liddy said.

The Awards were presented at an exclusive dinner hosted by the Bank’s Managing Director David Liddy and local radio personality John Miller, who kindly donated his time to help judge the Awards.

One Gold Award of $20,000 was donated to:

Hav’A’Feed Community Relief Ltd on behalf of Ashmore Owner-Manager, Duncan Plastow for his diligent assistance and time donated providing meals and emergency care for the homeless and disadvantaged across the Gold Coast

Six Silver Awards of $5,000 were also donated to:

Logan City Saints Rugby Union Club, on behalf of Leigh Skedgwell, Customer Service Manager at Loganholme for her support of the Club.

Riding for the Disabled, on behalf of Stacey King, Asset & Portfolio Manager for her regular and ongoing commitment to Riding for the Disabled. 

Hervey Bay Athletics Club on behalf of Mark French, Hervey Bay Customer Service Officer, for his dedication to the club.

The Leukaemia Foundation on behalf of Shaune Watts who is a committed and tireless Quest Ambassador for the foundation and winner of the 2011 Spirit Foundation Award.

Oak Tasmania on behalf of Don Macloud, Hobart Owner-Manager for his contribution to not-for-profit group.

Botswana Orphan Project on behalf of Craig Shipton, Market Risk Manager for his charity cycle trips that have raised over $190, 000.

And the MD’s Encouragement Award of $2,500 donated to: 

Brisbane Garden Recovery Group on behalf of Peter Lynch, Business Development Officer at Middle Park for his enthusiasm and commitment to rebuilding local residents’ gardens that were destroyed in the floods.