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Greater Bank announces its Volunteer of the Year

Greater Bank has recognised the outstanding contribution its employees make to the community, today announcing the winner of the 2017 Greater Charitable Foundation Employee Volunteer of the Year Award.

Leanne Rix, an IT Test Analyst with Greater Bank, was named winner of the award for the work she undertakes with Greater Charitable Foundation partner, Camp Quality.

She received the award at a presentation held at Greater Bank’s Hamilton headquarters and was truly humbled to be recognised by her employer for her volunteer work.

“I was so surprised to receive the award. I get so much enjoyment out of the kids having so much fun and feel so lucky to be involved in such a wonderful charity”. Ms Rix said.

Ms Rix started volunteering with Camp Quality three years ago through Greater Bank’s corporate volunteering program, and after spending just a few hours with the children and their families at one of the camps, she was hooked.

“I was supposed to be there for a few hours, I ended up staying the whole day and now three years later I am still getting so much out of it,” Ms Rix explained.

“I just loved the experience of not only seeing the smiles on the faces of the sick children, but also the reaction of the parents watching their kids forgetting about their illness, if only for a short time.”

Greater Charitable Foundation Executive Officer, Anne Long, said there were many strong and inspiring nominations for this year’s award, but Leanne’s story certainly stood out.

“Leanne was nominated by three employees who each provided glowing endorsements, not only of her work with Camp Quality, but also her as a person,” Ms Long said.

“Leanne is kind and compassionate, and always puts others first. The time she gives, the talent she passes on and the joy she brings to others is truly inspiring.”

More than 200 Greater Bank employees have volunteered with a Greater Charitable Foundation partner in the last 12 months alone.

“Volunteering is a key platform of the Greater Charitable Foundation and we are lucky to have a network of Greater Bank employees who are passionate and engaged with our community.” Ms Long said.

Also recognised was Armidale Branch manager, Wendy Ng, who was named runner-up for her work with Starlight Children’s Foundation at Armidale Hospital.

According to Volunteering Australia, there are 5.8 million Australians or 31 per cent of the population who engage in volunteering activities and programs, making an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.

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