Illawarra-based children’s charity, KidzWish, is the major beneficiary of Greater Bank’s #GreaterIllawarra community program for July.
Kidzwish will receive $2000 after taking out the public vote, while the two runners-up, Wollongong Homeless Hub (WEFH) and NSW Litre Sprintcar Association each receive $500.
Established in the region 15 years ago, Kidzwish provides support, love and laughter to children who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability. The services they provide include speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy as well as fun and engaging programs centred on music, dance and sports.
In the last 12 months Kidzwish has supported 8000 children with 130 different conditions.
The funding provided by Greater Bank will assist the organisation in securing new, updated premises that will better meet the needs of the children they support.
Greater Bank’s Acting Regional Manager, Julie Piccirillo, said they were delighted to provide funding for such a worthy community organisation.
"Over the last 15 years, Kidzwish has helped so many sick and disadvantaged children and their families across the Illawarra by providing unsupported needs and services", Mrs Piccirillo said.
"We know this funding will in some way support KidzWish in securing newer, more modern facilities that will allow them to continue to provide these services well into the future" Mrs Piccirillo said.
Voting is now open for the August funding round with the Woonoona Bulli Bushrangers JRLFC, Wollongong Saints Women’s ARL Club and dance company Dance Sensations in the running. Members of the public have until Wednesday, 29 August to vote for who they think should receive the major funding.
“Voting is simple and can be done either online at greater.com.au/greaterillawarra or by dropping in to one of our five branch across the region. It doesn’t take long to submit your vote, but collectively the effort made by the public will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the local community,” Mrs Piccirillo said.
“As a customer-owned bank, the #GreaterIllawarra program is central to our commitment to supporting the communities that support us,” Mrs Piccirillo said.
Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by visiting greater.com.au/greaterillawarra and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.