Banking on our Kids Appeal Pays off for Sick Children

Wednesday, 19/09/2012 

Chocolate and popcorn fundraisers, family fun days, movie nights, lolly games, public flash mob performances and even working in pyjamas and clown costumes have all been part of the job for BOQ staff in their fundraising efforts for the Bank’s annual Banking on our Kids Appeal this year. 

Reaching new levels of creativity and fundraising success, the 2012 appeal has raised over $150,000 in vital funds for Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia (CHFA). This boosts the total fundraising tally to $1,150,000 since the appeal launched in 2004. 

One hundred percent of funds raised from the nationwide appeal are channelled into paediatric research initiatives impacting the treatment and care of sick children. 

CHFA spokesperson Catherine Patmore said she was over the moon about the 2012 appeal, as the funding boost would have a substantial effect on the lives of so many Australians. 

“The funds raised this year will help fund important research programs to find cures for childhood illnesses, medical equipment that provides life-saving care, and to support family and patient services to make a difference in the lives of children and their families across the country.” 

BOQ Managing Director and CEO Stuart Grimshaw thanked local communities around the country for throwing their support behind the campaign for sick kids.  

“Once again, local communities Australia-wide have showed us how truly compassionate and generous they are," Mr Grimshaw said.  

“While we always have a lot of fun getting behind the appeal, it’s really special to know that all of our fundraising efforts are contributing to such a great cause. 

“I was also thrilled with the energy and initiative displayed by the Bank’s Owner-Managers and staff in raising money for this important charity which achieved such a marvellous result. 

“It’s amazing to see how this appeal has grown, and we are so proud to have succeeded on our mission to make a difference over the years since the launch of Banking on our Kids.”