BOQ donates $150,000 in support of vulnerable Australians

Thursday, 27 August 2020

The BOQ Group today announced a donation of $150,000 to support organisations that are helping to combat the growing rates of domestic and family violence and homelessness as a result of COVID-19.

BOQ Group CEO and Managing Director, George Frazis said the BOQ Group is committed to finding new ways to support vulnerable Australians during these unprecedented times.

"BOQ has a proud history of giving back and our community investment approach is designed to help vulnerable Australians prosper," Mr Frazis said.

"Our ability to fundraise across our network has been limited due to the effect of COVID-19, however these donations are a significant step in supporting those experiencing increased vulnerability as a result of the pandemic.

"Everyone has the right to feel safe in our community and we are proudly supporting organisations that have been making a valuable impact, which demonstrates the Group's commitment to Australia's most vulnerable."

The Group will make a donation of $100,000 to National Fundraising Partner, Orange Sky Australia and a $50,000 contribution to Queensland's only 24 hour domestic violence hotline, DV Connect.

Orange Sky Co-Founder, Lucas Patchett thanked the BOQ Group for the financial support.

"This donation, on top of BOQ's earlier commitment of $166,000 which went towards recovery efforts in bushfire affected regions, means we can better support those experiencing homelessness across the country," Mr Patchett said.

DV Connect CEO Beck O'Connor said the investment would significantly boost her team's capability to support those experiencing domestic and family violence.

"We plan to use the donation to continue to fund and operate our bridging housing facility which supports medium term accommodation for up to 19 families at a time.

"This safe space allows those escaping violence the opportunity to experience independent living, to recover and heal from their experience and ensures housing security at a time when there is a significantly heightened risk of homelessness.

"We welcome this investment and any future collaboration with BOQ, as we know that financial abuse can be one of the biggest barriers to escaping violence" Ms O'Connor said.

For more information regarding BOQ's community investment, click here.