The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland has Received a $5,000 Donation from BOQ

Monday, 10/10/2011

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland has received a $5,000 donation from BOQ on behalf of BOQ Risk Assessor Manager, Shaune Watts 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.

Shaune has been a passionate supporter of the organisation having spent hundreds of hours fundraising.

Shaune has participated in the World’s Great Shave from 2009-2011, organised two golf days and a high tea raising a combined $57,000. 

Having been one of the top five fundraisers in QLD Shaune became an ambassador for the Foundation as well as being awarded the Spirit of the Foundation in July this year.

The Leukaemia Foundation provided significant care and support to Shaune’s parents when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2008 and he sees his contribution as a way of giving back.

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Keiran Mylrea praised Shaune’s commitment to the organisation and paid recognition to BOQ’s level of community involvement.

“Shaune’s efforts will help us to continue providing vital care and support for blood cancer patients, we’re very grateful to both Shaune and BOQ,” Keiran said.

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

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.  

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