BOQ Employee Rebuilding Hope and Gardens

Monday, 10/10/2011

The Brisbane Garden Recovery Group has received a $2,500 donation from BOQ on behalf of BOQ Middle Park Business Development Manager, Peter Lynch 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.

Peter has been volunteering more than four hours a week to rebuild gardens washed away in the January floods.

To date, Peter and his wife have personally restored over 50 gardens belonging to the elderly, sick and disabled in Rocklea, Sherwood and Yeronga areas.

Peter says restoring gardens has really helped people get over the floods.

“We have bought hope back to a large number of Brisbane residents,” he said.

“Although the group has been honoured with a number of awards, they really need money to buy soil and continue their good work, which is why the $2,500 is valuable.”

Kate Wall, co-Founder of the Brisbane Garden Recovery Group, said she is so grateful for Peter’s effort and commitment to the Group and of course to BOQ for recognising Peter’s efforts with the $2,500 donation.

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

The Bank’s outgoing Managing Director, David Liddy, said he was extremely proud of the contributions that Peter 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 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.  

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

Surf Life Saving Australia on behalf of Greg Durie, Customer Assistance Leader in Brisbane, for his diligent assistance and time donated. 

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.

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