Local not-for-profit groups benefit from Regional Australia Bank’s Community Partnership Program

LOCAL not-for-profits have received a much needed boost as part of an annual community partnership program.

On Wednesday night the organisations met in Scone for the Regional Australia Bank’s Community Partnership Program presentation evening.

Now in its ninth year, the program allows new banking customers to select a local not-for-profit group they would like to support when opening a new account.

The bank then calculates the average annual balance of all supporters’ accounts and donates 1 per cent back to the groups.

In Scone, $32,332 was handed over to the local community with and Scone & District Cancer Support receiving close to $9,500 alone.

Other organisations that received a boost were Transcare, Blandford Public School P & C Association Inc, Murrurundi Community Mens Shed, Upper Hunter Where There’s a Will and The King of The Ranges Stockman’s Challenge.

Regional Australia Bank Regional Manager Ben Luck said it was all part of delivering a return to the regional community.

“We are hoping to reach the $1 million mark in donations to local communities in 2018,” he said.