Bank’s tree is a wish come true
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.”