Tugun branch digs deep
TUGUN’S Community Bank Branch has thrown its support behind Bendigo Bank’s Queensland Flood Appeal with a donation of $5000.
The branch began raising funds through Bendigo’s Community
Enterprise Foundation on December 30.
Branch manager Allan Merlehan said staff members were overwhelmed by residents eager to support Queensland’s flood-affected communities.
“Our thoughts are with those communities right across Queensland that have been impacted by the floods,” he said.
“Our staff and directors are keen to do what they can and at the moment one of the best ways we can help is by digging deep and making a donation.”
He said no branch staff members had been directly impacted by the floods, but many had friends or family who were.
“And all of us have been touched by the plight of our fellow Queenslanders,” he said.
“This tragedy has united us, and seeing the courage and strength of those impacted by the flood has inspired everyone at the branch to go the extra mile as we help those
affected by this disaster.
“It’s fair to say some our customers will be impacted by these events and the bank is here to help now and into the future as Queensland looks to rebuild and recover.”
More than 1000 individuals have made a donation to the appeal, which recently reached $212,000.
Bendigo Bank Queensland’s acting state manager Stephen Simpson said it was heart-warming to see people across Australia rallying to support communities in need.
“More than 20 communities have been devastated by the floods and the widespread damage that has
occurred to homes and businesses,” he said.
“Recovering from a natural disaster is a long process, but it can be done with the help and compassion of others.
“I’d like to encourage everyone to give what they can to ensure that these communities can get back on their feet.”
Mr Merlehan said recovery from a natural disaster was a long process and Queensland’s flood-affected communities needed as much assistance as possible.
“The bank has not identified an end date for the Queensland Flood Appeal and we do not have a target for contributions,” he said.
Donations to the Queensland Flood Appeal can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online at www.bendigobank.com.au/foundation/QLDflood and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.