Free help of­fered by bank

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Lo­cal bank staff na­tion­wide will swap their suits for over­alls and give their time and ef­fort to good causes in March, and now is the time for those good causes to make bids for their help.

BNZ banks around the coun­try will be ‘‘Closed for Good’’ on March 9 and re­quests for help from com­mu­nity groups or in­di­vid­u­als are now be­ing so­licited.

The Closed for Good ini­tia­tive will en­tail more than 3500 BNZ staff clos­ing their stores and of­fices and vol­un­teer­ing for com­mu­nity work for a day.

Staff have two days of paid leave for vol­un­tary work ev­ery year. They can use this leave in­di­vid­u­ally, but the ini­tia­tive will put them to­gether in teams so they can make a dif­fer­ence col­lec­tively.

BNZ chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Thor­burn said last year the bank re­ceived 858 sub­mis­sions from com­mu­nity groups across New Zealand. ‘‘We’re hop­ing that even more staff will be in­volved this year.’’

To make a request go to closed­for­ be­fore Jan­uary 26.

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