Three Southern Gold Coast organisations have been named as the winners of Tugun Community Bank® Branch Bendigo Bank’s competition to provide $15,000 in funding to community projects in the local region.
With public voting closing on 31 January, the top three projects were each awarded $5,000 at an announcement in the branch this week.
The winning projects that received the most public votes during the competition were:
- Southern Beaches Community Garden – 144m2 propagation tunnel to expand garden
- Coolangatta State School – Indigenous Program, and
- Fight 4 Youth – boxing program for youth
Co-chair of the Tugun Community Bank® Branch, Lisa Fitz Gerald, said the $15,000 investment into community projects was one of the ways the bank was celebrating its 15th year in 2018.
“We had fantastic support from the public getting behind this competition, and we know these are projects that the community here on the Southern Gold Coast wants to see come to life.”
“As well as expanding the facilities at our local Southern Beaches Community Garden, located behind the Tugun Village Community Centre, we’re going to see a new program developed for Indigenous students at Coolangatta State School – with the school using the funding to employ a local Indigenous elder to facilitate this fantastic new program.
“Fight 4 Youth will use the funding to purchase equipment for their growing youth boxing program, amongst other programs including counselling, educational support, art and music, and much more, which supports the development of positive social skills and behaviour among disadvantaged youth in our region.”
Over the past 15 years, the Tugun Community Bank® Branch has contributed over $1 million back into local organisations, events and projects. “We’re proud to award the funding to these local organisations to help them deliver projects that will directly benefit our area,” said Ms Fitz Gerald.
“Importantly, we want to spread the message that by banking with the Tugun Community Bank® Branch, the funds are generated from the profits of the bank and injected right back into the local community where we live.”