Bank’s tree is a wish come true

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

ST GE­ORGE Bank’s in­au­gu­ral Mt Druitt Wish­ing Tree has been a life changer.

Ear­lier this month, the Mt Druitt branch in­vited the com­mu­nity and staff to “make a wish” and con­trib­ute sug­ges­tions for com­mu­nity im­prove­ment.

Mt Druitt res­i­dent and Sal­va­tion Army vol­un­teer Lorna Maun­fell, 63, was granted a year’s sup­ply of gro­ceries. When she found out what she had won, Ms Maun­fell burst into tears, say­ing it was the first time some­one had done some­thing so nice for her.

“It’s won­der­ful,” she said. “I was sur­prised and shocked. I ap­pre­ci­ate it so much.”

St Ge­orge Bank Mt Druitt branch man­ager Mike Gosper said his favourite part of grant­ing wishes was the ex­cite­ment of his staff.

“When my staff mem­ber Nicky came back from giv­ing Lorna her gift, I’ve never heard so much joy in some­one’s voice,” Mr Gosper said.

“For my staff, it’s their idea and they’re the ones talk­ing to the cus­tomers and the peo­ple every day.

“We gave Learn­ing Ground a new bas­ket­ball hoop and balls – it’s such a sim­ple thing, but the kids ab­so­lutely loved it.”

Mt Druitt PCYC re­ceived a new bar­be­cue to re­place the one stolen ear­lier this year.

Mr Gosper said the staff was still sort­ing through the wishes and more would be granted.

“Giv­ing to the com­mu­nity – it’s re­ally im­por­tant,” he said. “It prob­a­bly doesn’t hap­pen enough.”

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