Supporting the Supporters

As part of one of our core values – to put people first, it’s important that we pay it forward even further and support the people who support our local communities. Our Workplace Giving Program has enabled us to do just this and in a big way. In fact, the generosity of our staff and contributed effort of Queensland Country has allowed us to raise over $18,000 for four local charities close to our heart. 

This time around though, we want to put the spotlight on Cancer Council Queensland – an amazing charity that was well deserving of the $4,569.50 that was received from our Workplace Giving Program.

Cancer Council Queensland Chief Executive Officer Ms Chris McMillan said they were very grateful to be a recipient of Queensland Country Bank’s donation.  
“Cancer Council Queensland would like to thank the incredible team at Queensland Country Bank for raising funds through their Workplace Giving Program,” said Ms McMillan.  
“Funds raised through Queensland Country Bank’s Workplace Giving Program will go towards Cancer Council Queensland’s life-saving cancer research, prevention services and support programs.”  
“Community support is vital to our work and helps us ensure Queenslanders affected by cancer don’t have to face the disease alone.”  

Our Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Newman, said explained how our organisation has always supported local communities through donations and sponsorships, but the Workplace Giving Program was implemented after staff expressed a desire to contribute.

“As a Member-owned organisation that focuses on people not profits, our staff are naturally predisposed to helping Members and our communities, so this program provides staff with the opportunity to contribute financially and guide the organisation’s philanthropic endeavours,” said Mr Newman.

“Our staff have overwhelmingly embraced the Program, voting for their preferred charities and making donations every fortnight, which are matched by our organisation.”

Mr Newman pointed out that while the individual contribution of one dollar per fortnight was very affordable, it collectively results in a significant donation.  He said the start of a new financial year is the ideal time for other organisations to consider implementing a Workplace Giving Program.

“With 400 staff across 28 branches throughout the State, it doesn’t take long to add up, and I am so pleased we can make meaningful donations at this time,” he said.

Although our Workplace Giving Program has just hit it’s first anniversary, it’s a great example of how greatness can be achieved in numbers.

If you would like to make a donation to this wonderful cause, please visit the Cancer Council Queensland’s donation page here.