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2019 Do Good Award winners announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Do Good Awards... 

Do Good Community Award - Gerry Gillespie

Gerry Gillespie is an eco-warrior! He is a pioneer of the organics resource industry and has dedicated his life to environmentally responsible land management.

Gerry has positively impacted many lives by sharing his extensive knowledge on organic resource recovery and its reuse in soil, as well as broader environmental issues. Well regarded here and internationally, Gerry has influenced and educated governments, industry bodies, communities and NGOs. Recently he authored a discussion paper on the benefits of a national recycling organic waste program.

Gerry has spent much of his life educating people about soil health and soil regeneration. He is passionate about working with organisations to prevent food organics from ending up in landfill and instead, teaches how to use these valuable nutrients to boost soil health. This change will enable us to create a sustainable future for ourselves and the planet.

Do Good Team Award - Scullin Community Group

These locals have created something special – an environment for their community to thrive! 

The Scullin Community Group was formed when members of the community recognised the potential of their suburb and the need to re-energise the community. The group has grown quickly over a short period of time, with now more than 50 volunteers taking care of a host of community initiatives. Volunteers operate the Scullin Traders (a community hub that sells grocery basics and local artisan wares) and a coffee cart as well as facilitate creative workshops, games nights, social soccer games and street libraries.

More than 600 locals attended their end of year party and in just 12 months they have over 500 active participants on their Facebook page. In January, they were invited to showcase how participatory democracy works at the Museum for Australian Democracy.

Their social experiment is a wonderful example of bringing community together.

Do Good Business Award - Cherished Pets

Established by Dr Alicia Kennedy, Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care is a social enterprise that takes a holistic view of animal and human welfare. They provide social veterinary services to the elderly, people living with a disability, those experiencing mental health challenges, the homeless and those experiencing family violence. 

Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care assists community members through their volunteer program providing dog walking, transportation to the vet, grooming, bathing and companionship. They offer a number of other services including,  emergency care for pets during times of crisis, community vet nurse visits, pet wellness programs, behavioural training, funding toward unexpected cost, pet bereavement support, respite care and re-homing of pets when people pass.

Cherished Pets are B Corp Certified and are part of a global task force with the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organisations setting benchmarks for pets in community programs.

Outstanding Achievement Award - Rebecca Picone

Rebecca Picone is the founder and CEO of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a not-for-profit that supports people affected by brain cancer, the leading cause of cancer death for people under 40.

Focused on raising awareness and providing support programs through fundraising and grants, Rebecca has raised more than $682,000 to deliver financial and in-home support nationwide as well as run annual weekend women's, men's and family retreats.

Rebecca is directly promoting social wellbeing and harmony within her community through her work, support programs and the foundation's activities across the three social values of family, youth opportunity and inclusion.

Acknowledged as a leader in her field, Rebecca was invited to attend the Brain Cancer Support Conference in the UK in 2017 and more recently, the World Brain Tumour Summit for Patient Advocates in Washington. 

2018 award winners

  2019 Do Good Award finalists:

2019 finalists announced!

Congratulations to the 2019 Do Good Award finalists! Check out the finalists for all of the Alliance Banks, including SERVICE ONE below.

Do Good Community Award finalists:

  • Ange Liston-McCaughley for her work to support people with type 1 diabetes.
  • Brandon Dellow, advocate for mental health, cultural diversity, equal opportunities, human rights and more.
  • Donna Lauder for giving a voice to people with communication difficulties.
  • Gerry Gillespie, environmental advocate, resource recovery consultant and land management champion.
  • Lindsay O'Conner for understanding the needs of her community and stepping up.
  • Nick Losurdo for his work with the C3 Community.
  • Pat Cleggett for her tireless work with the Partners of Veterans Association.
  • Rebecca Picone, founder of Peace of Mind Foundation, supporting those affected by brain cancer.
  • Sue White for establishing the Scullin Community Group to build better connections within her community.

Do Good Team Award finalists:

  • Jolene and Paul Adams, founders of Funky Hearts, a not-for-profit children's play centre.
  • Roger Van Cornewal and Robert Glenn for their role in establishing the Men's Shed in Bemboka.
  • Southern Highlands Association of Women (SHAW) for supporting women experiencing domestic violence, homelessness and physical and mental illness. 
  • The Community Chest Cooma for their services in assisting people in crisis.
  • Wingecarribee SES Unit that continually go above and beyond to assist those who need help in the area.

Do Good Business Award finalists:

  • Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care for facilitating companionship between vulnerable people within the community and pets.
  • Cherri on Top, for supporting mental health within the performing arts industry.
  • Green Life Design Pty. Ltd, for their work in sustainability with a focus of early childhood education.
  • Isaac Delivers, a delivery service advocating independence and entrepreneurship for people with a disability.
  • Kenshi Candles, a social enterprise helping people in need across the world.
  • Little Waste Co., for their work in the area of environmental sustainability.
  • Robb Roofing and Consulting for providing a broad range of services to the local community.

Check out how the Alliance Bank Group works together to Do Good in our communities.

  2019 Do Good Award nominees:

Do Good Community Award nominees:

  • Jolene and Paul Adams
  • Dainere's Rainbow
  • Brandon Aranvosi
  • Lisa Burns
  • Pat Cleggett
  • Brandon Dellow
  • Cheri on Top
  • Jo-ann Fitzsimmons
  • Gerry Gillespie
  • Jess Hunter
  • Lauren Kelly
  • Lauren Kelly
  • Tim Lancaster
  • Richard Lane
  • Donna Lauder
  • Bridget Lehane
  • Ange Liston-McCaughley
  • Nick Losurdo
  • Lindsay O'Conner
  • Rebecca Picone
  • Gerard Poll
  • Yvette Denise Rydman
  • Melina Skidmore
  • Share the Dignity
  • Sue White

Do Good Team Award nominees: 

  • Endeavour Industries Goulburn
  • Roger Van Cornewal & Robert Glenn
  • MAGIC Multicultural Activity Group in Communities
  • The Nassar Family
  • Scullin Community Group
  • Southern Highlands Association of Women
  • The Community Chest Inc. Cooma
  • The Janes
  • Wingecarribbee SES Unit

Do Good Business Award nominees:

  • Breakaway Tuition - Mittagong
  • Beryl Women Inc - Women’s Refuge
  • Michael Braddon - Peter Blackshaw Real Estate
  • Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care - Geelong
  • Capital Chemist - Charnwood
  • Dramatic Productions - Gungahlin
  • Fireside Inn - Goulburn
  • Green Life Design Pty Ltd
  • Kenshi Candles
  • Little Waste Co. - Josie Grenfell
  • Mark & the Bear Pty Ltd - Hill Top & Bargo
  • Matthew Coley Smith
  • Post Crisis Support Group - Kristine Hewett
  • Isaac Delivers - Isaac Peel
  • Robb Roofing & Consulting

Congratulations everyone!

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