The Mt Eliza Community Pitch is an annual event which brings together the community’s not for profit groups, clubs and schools with generous local businesses willing to support them.
It is an initiative of Bendigo Bank’s Mt Eliza Community Bank® Branch, and was held in August, distributing $40,000 to the village community.
On the night, nine community groups gave their pitch for extra funding to the audience of local businesses. The audience of ‘pitch partners’ have a pre-pledged pool of funds which they distribute to the pitches that appealed to them.
“The Community Pitch is becoming a big deal in Victorian communities,” said Alex Godfrey a local volunteer director at Bendigo Bank’s Mt Eliza branch. “It a great way to learn about the work our local community groups are doing, and for Bendigo Bank and a group of businesses to get together to support them.”
“For us, this event is the mechanism to re-distribute our Community Bank® Branch profits back to our community. But aside from the great funding opportunities, it’s a chance for our local groups and businesses to connect. It really brings our community together.”
This year, 12 local businesses joined the Bendigo Bank to put their donations on the table. Some philanthropic individuals joined them too, making personal donations.
The audience heard impassioned pitches from organisations like Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House, Dogs for Kids with Disabilities, Peninsula Home Hospice, the Girl Guides and local sporting clubs. All went home with some valuable extra funding.
“What a wonderful night, what a fantastic initiative, and what an amazing community. It was a terrific result for nine extremely worthy community groups,” said Kim Michod from Dogs for Kids with Disabilities – an organisation that trains companion dogs for children with special needs.
Craig Baker from Baxter Cricket Club pitched for funding to deliver the club’s youth support programs. “We are so incredibly honoured to be invited and to walk away with so much support. We can’t wait to put our programs into place this season,” he said.
Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank® branches are in business to return the profits they make to the communities they are part of. The Community Pitch is how the Mt Eliza branch does this.
“Our ability to return big amounts of money to our community comes down to people choosing to bank at the Mt Eliza Community Bank® Branch. It’s all made possible by our customers,” said Branch Manager Fiona Parsons. “It’s why we say Bendigo Bank is the better big bank.”
Joining the Bendigo Bank as partners for the 2019 Community Pitch were:
- Ryman Healthcare
- Ritchies IGA Mt Eliza
- Nepean Planning Consultants
- GJ Gardener Homes (Mornington office)
- Rotary Mt Eliza
- Dogs Country Club and We Love Dogs
- Lotus Chiropractic
- Port Phillip Group
- Vinnies Pizza Boys
- Homes and Acreage
- Resolute Painting and Projects
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