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THE WHITSUNDAYS community is the big winner, following the Bendigo Community Bank Cannonvale-Proserpine AGM, on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.

“At Bendigo Bank, our customers and the community always win,” Community Bank Cannonvale-Proserpine chairman Mark Henry said.

“Our success is based on our profit-with-a-purpose model, which sees around 50 per cent of the profits generated by our independently owned and operated Cannonvale-Proserpine branch invested back into the community.

“Over the past seven years, we have invested just over $178,600 into local schools, social programs, sporting groups, arts and culture events, conservation initiatives, and community prizes.

“At the AGM, Whitsunday United Football Club, the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays Chamber of Commerce and Industry won cash prizes at our inaugural community event.”   

Major prize winners Whitsunday United Football Club won $500.

“Thank you on behalf of the club for hosting the community event and for involving local clubs and organisations, a great initiative. Our prize will be put towards our new goal nets,” Club representative Allan Milostic said.

The Rotary Club or Airlie Beach expressed their thanks at the win, which will support a local student.

“We are co-sponsoring a year 11 Proserpine State High School student to attend the National Youth Science Forum, in Brisbane, in January. Tonight’s $300 prize will form part of our contribution to her travels,” Rotary’s Merewyn Wright said.

The Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce and Industry won $200.

“What a wonderful event, thank you Bendigo Community Bank!” Chamber board member Melinda Louise Hutchings said.

“The chamber will put the prize towards one of its local business education events next year, with a focus on financial management and banking in regional businesses.”

The bank’s inaugural community event brought together the branch team and board directors with local shareholders and a number of local community groups and clubs.

The Community Bank Cannonvale-Proserpine opened in June 2012 with the support of local shareholders who saw the value of the Community Bank model and raised $800,000 locally to establish a branch in the Whitsundays.

“Our ability to invest in the local community is due to our branch team for delivering quality service, our shareholders for backing the Whitsundays community, and all the passionate local directors past and present for their hard work and dedication,” Mr Henry said.

Local clubs and not for profit organisations are invited to submit applications for sponsorship.

Contact the team on 4948 3599 or email cannonvale&proserpinemailbox@bendigoadelaide.com.au for application forms.

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