Bank staff dig deep for kids

RESHNI RATNAM

THE Commonwealth Bank Ipswich branch was all about laughs, raising money for sick children and having a good feast last Friday. As part of Make a Kid's Day, the bank held a sausage sizzle, a cake stall and raffled a bike to raise money for the charity. Clown Doctor Gizmo and several bank staff were on site to help the day run smoothly. Gizmo also went to the Ipswich Hospital to meet some of the sick children. The Clown Doctors are a core project of The Humour Foundation. The focus is children's hospitals, and Clown Doctors are part of hospital life in all major children's hospitals around Australia. Commonwealth Bank Ipswich branch manager Rebecca Cova said it was a nationwide venture for the Commonwealth Bank to help raise money for Make a Kid's Day. "A quarter of the money raised goes to the Clown Doctors, Midnight Basketball (a charity for homeless kids), and 50% goes to a grants program for children in hospital," Ms Cova said. "Last year the banks raised $70,000; this year we want to top that with $80,000." The Ipswich branch raised more than $1000 on the day. Ms Cova said it was a "good feeling" to be part of the community. "We are just giving back to the little kids," she smiled. Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale donated $500 on top of the $1000 and helped pick the winner of the bike raffle which was drawn at the branch. "It's so good to see a local bank involved with something like this," Cr Pisasale said. Barbi Howell from the bank's customer service department said it was important for people to know that every cent counted.



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