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GCF celebrates winners of 2020 Volunteer of the Year Award

Greater Bank has announced the winners of the 2020 Greater Charitable Foundation Employee Volunteer of the Year, in recognition of the significant contribution Greater Bank employees make to the community.

Krystelle Clark, Helensvale Branch Customer Service Supervisor and Neenu George, IT Test Analyst at Head Office, were named joint winners of this year’s award for their extensive volunteering and fundraising efforts.

As a passionate and dedicated supporter of her local community, Krystelle is an extremely active volunteer who has supported a number of local events for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, including the Scarlett May Cook Up, as well as OzHarvest’s Gold CoastNEST program.

She brings enthusiasm, energy and empathy to the support she provides and also encourages fellow employees to get involved and help wherever and however they can.

“It is an absolute honour to be recognized for this award. It’s nothing but a privilege for me to go out and volunteer on behalf of Greater Bank and help people within our community,” Krystelle explained.

“The volunteer work I do with these charities really resonates with me as I have small children at home and believe that if I can make a difference to just one person, then I’ve done my job.”

In addition, Neenu was recognised for her ongoing dedication and commitment to raising funds for charity partner Youth Off The Streets.

Passionate about giving back to others, Neenu organised her own ‘Great Shave’ late last year and raised $5400 by shaving off her beautiful, long hair along with other fundraising initiatives she organised throughout the year.

“I was completely surprised when I found out I had won this award because my aim was simply to generate awareness and support of disadvantaged youth by fundraising for Youth Off The Streets,” Neenu said.

“It’s an honour to be recognised and this award inspires me to continue to dedicate my time to our local community and those who need it most.”

For taking out the Volunteer of the Year award, both Krystelle and Neenu receive $500 to donate to a charity of their choice.

According to Greater Charitable Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Anne Long, the annual Awards provide a wonderful recognition of those employees who go above and beyond to give back to their local community.

“Volunteering is a key platform for us and these awards demonstrate how passionate and engaged our employees are with volunteering. Both Krystelle and Neenu were chosen as a result of their unwavering commitment to community engagement and supporting a number of our charity partners,” said Anne.

“Over the past 12 months alone, we’ve had more than 200 of our employees volunteer close to 1000 hours with our charity partners.”

“All of our partners rely heavily on the dedication of volunteers so we are lucky to have so many employees who are willing to give up their time to help those who need it most,” Anne concluded.

With an estimated one in three Australians volunteering each year, their time and effort contribute to approximately $290 billion worth of voluntary work that supports their local communities.

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