The #GreaterIllawarra funding program has celebrated a significant milestone with those who have benefitted from the $50,000 distributed since its inception.
Launched in June 2018, the program has supported a wide variety of charitable and community groups from across the Illawarra by giving away $3,000 each month, which is split amongst three beneficiaries.
To celebrate the special milestone, more than 50 representatives from the benefiting groups gathered in Wollongong to celebrate the gift of giving and share their stories of how the funding has helped make the Illawarra region greater.
The latest #GreaterIllawarra winner was also announced at the event with The Serbian Folkloric Group named as the major beneficiary for October.
Established in 1975, the local Serbian Folkloric Group consists of over 60 children who travel across Australia to share the Serbian culture, music and dance with the wider community.
Serbian Folkloric Group Treasurer, Lili Kosic said the group was extremely grateful for the financial support from Greater Bank, which will be used to cover costumes costs and also help fund the group’s trip to Adelaide next year to perform at a Serbian Folkloric Festival.
It was a double celebration for the group, who also took out the wildcard draw involving all previous 51 winners. The wildcard win saw the Serbian Folkloric Group take home an additional $3000.
“We are a small group and covering costs can be tough, which is why we are so grateful for the funds we have received from Greater Bank,” Ms Kosic said.
“We couldn’t believe our luck when we also won the Wildcard Draw which means we will now be able to cover the majority of travel costs for our group to perform at the Serbian Folkloric Festival in Adelaide early next year” | Lili Kosic, Serbian Folkloric Group Treasurer.
Greater Bank’s Regional Sales Manager for the Illawarra, Greg Creagan, said that as a customer-owned bank, providing this ongoing support is something they find truly rewarding.
“Supporting the communities that support us is fundamental to our business and the #GreaterIllawarra program is a wonderful representation of this philosophy,” Mr Creagan said.
“All community groups battle for funding to continue to provide their services. As a result, the $50,000 funding milestone is a significant one for us and something we wanted to share with those who have benefited from the program.”
The #GreaterIllawarra program continues in November. Voting opens on Monday 4 November and closes on Wednesday 27 November. Vying for their share in $2000 will be Wollongong Bulldogs, Oak Flats Wildcats and So Popera Productions.
To submit your vote either go online to greater.com.au/greaterillawarra or visit any Greater Bank branch. Collectively the effort you make to vote will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the community.