Hervey Bay Athletics Club has Received a $5,000 Donation From BOQ

Monday, 10/10/2011

BOQ rewards local community minded employees with $5,000  Hervey Bay Athletics Club has received a $5,000 donation from BOQ on behalf of BOQ Hervey Bay Customer Service Officer, Mark French, 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.

Mark is the President of the Hervey Bay Athletics Club where he spends up to 40 hours per month organising all aspects of the Club. From maintaining the grounds to running competitions, Mark does it all and has been doing so since 1999.

The $5,000 BOQ donation to the Hervey Bay Athletics Club will be used to purchase new equipment, update old equipment and help fund the Club’s coaching program.

Secretary of the Hervey Bay Athletics Club, Tim Mahony said he is so grateful for Mark’s efforts and his commitment to the Club and of course to BOQ for recognising Mark’s hard work with the $5,000 donation.

“Mark’s efforts have 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 Mark and BOQ,” Tim said.

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

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.

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 resident’s gardens that were destroyed in the floods.