Regional Australia Bank donates $20,000 to Uralla community groups.

Representatives from the various community groups that received donations from Regional Australia Bank.

Representatives from the various community groups that received donations from Regional Australia Bank.

At Uralla’s recent Community Partnership presentations night, Regional Australia Bank awarded $20,453.26 to the local community.

Friends of McMaugh Gardens Inc, Can Assist Uralla Branch, Uralla Central School P&C Association, United Hospital Auxiliaries Uralla and Uralla Men’s Shed Incorporated Inc were just a few of the groups lucky enough to receive a donation.

Over the past few years, the bank has been able to contribute more than $1.5 million to deserving community groups – and Regional Australia Bank Regional branch manager Renee Rafferty, said they were immensely proud of their ability to deliver these kinds of social and environmental returns to our regional communities.

“For a bank like ours, which is founded on the promise to operate in the best interests of our customers and communities, it’s entirely fitting that our customers are able to lead the way in initiatives like this, given that they’ll often be the ones benefitting from the positive impacts of this program,” Ms Rafferty said.

Kevin Dupé, Regional Australia Bank CEO, said the Community Partnership Program was just one of the ways in which they assist communities.

“Regional Australia Bank is proud to continue delivering the Community Support Program in 2017, enabling it to continue enhancing the quality of life and a strong sense of community for the regions it serves,” he said.

The bank’s goal for the Community Partnership Program is to reach $1million in donations to local communities in 2018.

The program is now in its ninth year – and with this year’s donations reaching a staggering $840,000, it continues to go from strength to strength.

Under the program, new bank customers open a transaction account and select which group they would like to support. Regional Australia Bank then calculates the average annual balance of all supporters’ accounts and donates one per cent of the total to the cause on the customers’ behalf – all without costing them a cent. 

With more and more people getting on board, the Community Partnership Program has continued to grow at over 30 per cent per year ­– and this year, the total amount has edged ever closer to the million dollar mark, with $840,000 of funds ready to donate to various local grass roots clubs and community groups.

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