Local Gold Coast man Wins $20,000 for Charity

Monday, 10/10/2011

Hav’A’Feed Community Relief Ltd has received a $20,000 donation from BOQ on behalf of BOQ Ashmore Owner-Manager, Duncan Plastow, who was last week announced as the Gold 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.

Duncan is the Chairman of the new voluntary Hav’A’Feed Board, as well as a long term Rotarian at the  Southport and Robina clubs, spending upwards of 40 hours per month in various fundraising projects. 

Hav’A’Feed Community Relief Ltd is a registered charity that provides meals and emergency care  for the homeless and disadvantaged across the Gold Coast and has been operated by volunteers for more than 20 years.

In both positions he has organised countless fundraisers including a Golf Day where he raised over $12, 500 towards a patient transporter for the Robina Hospital and recently help raise $13 000 in conjunction with Sea FM for ongoing fundraising for Bronson Simpson.  

The $20,000 BOQ donation to Hav’A’Feed Community Relief Ltd will be used to fund a much-needed project – the transportation and collection of food and emergency services to the needy, disadvantaged and homeless on the Gold Coast.

Hav’A’Feed Directors and Founders Lindsay and Robyn Burch said they’re so grateful for Duncan’s efforts and commitment to Hav’A’Feed and of course to BOQ for recognising Duncan’s efforts with the $20,000 donation.

“Duncan’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 Duncan and BOQ,” Lindsay said.

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

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. 

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 rebuilding of local residents gardens that were destroyed in the floods.