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Author: Greater Bank

Southern Lights Vocal Academy benefits from $2,000 #GreaterIllawarra funding

Know of an Illawarra organisation that could do with a much-needed financial boost? Nominate them to be a part of our #GreaterIllawarra funding round today, and they could be sharing in $3,000 thanks to Greater Bank!
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Southern Lights Vocal Academy will now be able to provide financial support to disadvantaged students wanting to pursue their musical dream after securing the major share of the #GreaterIllawarra funding round for February.

For winning this month’s community vote, Southern Lights Vocal Academy will receive $2,000 that will enable less-fortunate students to attend singing and music lessons, as well as covering travel costs for the group to perform at charity events.

The Dapto-based vocal studio provides a range of music, vocal and performance lessons to more than 300 students across all age groups from juniors through to seniors.

According to Southern Lights Vocal Academy Principal, Danny Benn, the funding boost will make a huge difference to the group and what they can achieve this year.

“At Southern Lights, we believe that all of our students have the potential to be amazing contributors to the community. This funding from the Greater Bank will allow us to provide support to those students who need it most so they can continue on their musical journey,” Danny said.

“We will also use the funding to cover transport costs for our group to perform at various community and charity events in regional areas throughout NSW.”

Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, said the program continues to provide invaluable support to those community groups who need it most.

“The monthly funding up for grabs through the #GreaterIllawarra program can make such a difference to community groups, especially smaller ones that don’t attract a great deal of public attention and continually have to work hard to fundraise every year”  | Greg Creagan, Greater Bank Regional Manager.

“We are delighted to provide this contribution, with the help of the voting community, to Southern Lights Vocal Academy and can’t wait to see the difference it will make to these very deserving recipients,” said Mr Creagan.

During March, the #GreaterIllawarra program is giving away a one-off amount of $30,000 to help support South Coast organisations playing a vital role in this summer's bushfire relief and recovery efforts.

Vying for their share in $30,000 are BlazeAid, Wildlife Rescue South Coast Inc and Lifeline South Coast with voting now open until Wednesday, 1 April 2020.

To submit your vote, either go online to 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.

Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by visiting and tell us in 100 words or less, how the organisation is helping to improve the lives of locals.