Bendigo Bank’s Mt Eliza branch got behind the community with their ‘Community Pitch’ event.
The event brought together local businesses and community groups, schools and clubs with an aim to distribute some much-needed funding.
Ten local Mt Eliza businesses and one philanthropic individual took part in the event. Each donated to a pool of sponsorship funds totalling $24,000 which was available for twelve applicant groups to take home on the night.
The local applicants, including schools, sporting clubs and community groups gave short presentations to the audience and pitched their case for funding. The local businesses were then invited to distribute their sponsorship funds as they saw fit.
Inspiring and entertaining presentations were made by: the Mt Eliza Men’s Shed – who are looking for funding and support to help them expand their tiny current shed; the Peninsula Arts Society – who need funding to run art classes and initiatives for carers; and Mt Eliza netball players – who have just played a winter season without shelters at Emil Madsen Reserve. The local Girl Guides are after funds to fix up their clubhouse windows; Mt Eliza North Primary School is looking to build new playground equipment; and the Peninsula Home Hospice needs extra funds to bolster its local palliative care services.
“There’s a lot of work in the community that falls through the cracks of government and council funding opportunities,” said event organiser and Director of the Mt Eliza Community Bank, Alex Godfrey. “This was our local Bendigo Bank’s initiative to help get some sponsorship donations to local groups we knew needed some help,” she said.
“This was a fantastic initiative. Congratulations to all of those who pitched – all the groups were very worthy of support,” said Keiran McAuley from Mornington Lifesaving Club.
“What an authentic and inspiring way to endorse and support our community. Bravo,” said Jo-Anne Morel on Facebook after the event.
Organisers were also keen to get a number of community organisations in the room to network and share experiences. “It gave us an insight into other great projects and initiatives within our community,” said Don Reeves from the Mt Eliza Men’s Shed.
The local businesses who got involved were: Ryman Healthcare, Charlton Degg, Austral Anglo Insurance Brokers, Ritchies IGA, Lotus Chiropractic, Dogs Country Club and We Love Dogs pet resorts, Nepean Planning Consultants, G.J. Gardener Homes, Rotary Mt Eliza and the Mt Eliza Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.
“The whole point of Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank Branches is to return most of their profit to the community they are part of, and this was a really fantastic way for us to do that,” said organiser, Alex Godfrey.
The Mt Eliza Community Bank hopes to run the Community Pitch night on an annual basis.
For more information:
Mt Eliza Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank
(Photo by PhotoOpportunity)