Sick and injured Australian kids will benefit from a community partnership which is raising money for children’s charities this month.
Bank of Queensland’s annual Banking On Our Kids appeal, which has grown from supporting one Queensland-based charity to supporting charity groups in all three eastern states, will be conducted through the Bank’s growing national network of branches.
Fundraising this year will provide funds for the thousands of children helped every year by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Variety Clubs, and Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation (RCHF) in Queensland and Victoria, and the Sydney Children’s Hospital in NSW.
Joshua, Alysha, and Brendan are the faces of the Banking On Our Kids charity drive this year.
Six-year-old Joshua suffers from diabetes for which the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure.
Alysha, who suffered terrible burns to her chest and arm 18 months ago, represents the Variety Club, which provides equipment and other support for kids with special needs.
Brendan is being treated for a chronic digestive condition at the Royal Children’s Hospital, which helps thousands of sick kids get better every year.
Joshua’s mum Cheryl said donations from the public were essential to ensure these amazing charities could continue their critical work and implored the community to dig deep.
“We are very passionate about fundraising for JDRF to find a cure for juvenile diabetes for Joshua, but we also see so many other children in need,” Cheryl said.
“It is wonderful when organisations like Bank of Queensland get involved and help raise money to save and improve the lives of children. We appreciate and thank everybody who does help.
Bank of Queensland Managing Director David Liddy said he was delighted to assist such vital charities.
“This is all about us, as a bank, putting something back into our local communities,” Mr Liddy said.
“When you meet these children, you realise that anything and everything should be done to help them get better, as quickly as possible. Our staff have taken these children’s charities to heart and I hope our customers and the wider community will too,” he said.
To help Joshua, Alysha, Brendan and other kids like them, donations can be made at any Bank of Queensland branch.
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