Bank marks birth­day

Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

Happy cus­tomers and staff cel­e­brated a suc­cess­ful first year of the Kwinana Com­mu­nity Bank on Satur­day.

The Kwinana branch of Bendigo Bank cel­e­brated its first birth­day with the City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams cut­ting the cake.

Share­hold­ers, com­mu­nity mem­bers and staff at­tended to com­mem­o­rate the mile­stone with Bendigo Bank’s mas­cot Piggy join­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties.

The bank also re­warded 10 com­mu­nity groups with a $500 grant each on the day.

Com­mu­nity groups to re­ceive a grant in­cluded Leda Pri­mary School, Kwinana Her­itage group, All Sorts Net­ball Club and the Wandi Progress As­so­ci­a­tion.

Chair­man of the board John Iriks said that by giv­ing the $500 grants the bank could spread the cheer a lot wider and help more com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“The more banking that oc­curs the more profit we can put back into the com­mu­nity,” he said.

It took 31⁄ years of plan­ning be­fore the 2 bank first opened with the help of 330 Kwinana share­hold­ers.

“It was quite ex­cit­ing when we did fi­nally open and so far it’s go­ing well,” Mr Iriks said.

“It was set up by Kwinana vol­un­teers who did it to ben­e­fit their com­mu­nity with 80 per cent of prof­its go­ing back into lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Kwinana's Bendigo Bank se­nior staff and com­mit­tee mem­bers with mas­cot Piggy.

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