The Botswana Orphan Project has Received a $5,000 Donation From BOQ

Monday, 10/10/2011

The Botswana Orphan Project has received a $5,000 donation from BOQ on behalf of BOQ Market Risk Manager, Craig Shipton, who was recently announced as a 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. 

Craig has been volunteering for fourteen years and conducting charity cycle trips for three years via his non-profit business which has raised over $210 000 for children charities.   

Craig, a local Hawthorne man, organises every aspect of these trips from finding the cyclists and support teams to planning the trips and fundraising.  

“I wanted to do something to help the many people around the world who don’t have the privileges so many of us enjoy here in Australia,” Craig said.  

In August this year Craig flew to Botswana with a group of builders and engineers to complete three extra buildings as part of the Botswanan Orphan Project.   

Dean Fraser from the Botswana Orphan Project praised Craig's commitment to the organisation and paid recognition to BOQ’s level of community involvement.  

“Craig’s hard work has made a big impact  

on many lives and future projects we’ll be able to undertake in Botswana, we’ve very grateful to both Craig and BOQ,” Dean said.  

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

To partake in one of these cycle trips or to support the riders visit   

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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.   

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

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.  

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

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.