Distributing care packages to young people living on the streets, and encouraging children with autism to play and learn, are just two of the projects made possible thanks to money raised at the 2020 Heritage Bank Charity Golf Day.
The annual Golf Day last December raised a total of almost $65,000 in grants which were presented to eight deserving community organisations at Heritage Bank’s head office in Toowoomba today. The Heritage Bank Charity Golf Day has been running for 23 years and has raised more than $930,000 for amazing community groups across South East Queensland during that time.
Organisers say, “Reaching the incredible $1 million mark could be achieved at the event later this year, which would be a monumental achievement. The staggering amount of money raised over the years has helped fund important projects delivered by inspirational grass-roots community organisations, including today’s beneficiaries.”
Heritage Bank CEO Peter Lock said, “Given the events of the past year, many charities and community organisations have been doing it tough. It would have been easy enough for us to not hold our Charity Golf Day last year due to COVID, but we pushed on because we know how valuable these contributions are to the recipients. Speaking with representatives from the beneficiary organisations, you really see how passionate they are about delivering their projects for their communities.
“It’s inspiring and it’s an honour for Heritage to support these exceptional organisations,” he said. “I’d also like to thank the many sponsors of our golf day for their generosity in being part of the event. I hope they too feel proud to support the great work being done by the beneficiaries.”
The Heritage Charity Golf Day beneficiaries are:
- $15,000 to AEIOU to purchase vital outdoor educational and play resources for the newly refurbished Toowoomba centre.
- $15,000 to Emerge to provide emergency care packages to young people on the streets plus support Emerge Lighthouse Room, which provides a safe place for young people.
- $9000 to Toowoomba Hospice to go to the Adopt A Room program to provide financial assistance to maintain client facilities and maintain a fresh and comfortable home-like environment.
- $8400 to Childhood Cancer Support to go towards the Group Art program, which sees professional art therapists work with adults, children and young people on issues relating to mental health, relationships, complex trauma, adverse childhood experiences, eating and body image issues.
- $7000 to Men’s Shed Pittsworth for the installation of a dust extraction unit to work on projects for the benefit of the Pittsworth community.
- $4000 to Toowoomba Basketball Association to help deliver its Positive Choices Program, which encourages young people to habitually make positive choices in life, develop pride in good outcomes and thereby reduce the impact of negative behaviour.
- $3000 to Headspace Bundaberg to help stage an inclusive LGBTIQA+ event to empower young people who have faced discrimination to feel welcomed.
- $3000 to Toowoomba PCYC for providing assistance on the day.
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