Deutsche Bank employees raised AUD 40,000 this Christmas to raise more than AUD 500,000 since the bank’s annual Christmas fundraising program was formalised.
In what began in 2008 with informal charitable donations from employees to celebrate the “season of goodwill,” the Christmas Charity Drive has grown over the years to reach
AUD 510,000 of Christmas giving.
Back in November, almost two thirds of employees took part in a bank-wide survey to vote for who they wanted to fundraise for at Christmas with Wayside Chapel and Children’s Cancer Institute Australia their chosen charities.
Over Christmas and into January, employees raised money through donations as well as taking part in a raffle, trivia night, cookie sale, sausage sizzle and more with Deutsche Bank matching the funds where possible.
Wayside Chapel, which works with people in and around Kings Cross, and medical research charity Children’s Cancer Institute Australia, will both benefit equally from the final amount.
Graham Long, Chief Executive and Pastor at the Wayside Chapel, said: “At Wayside Chapel, we are over the moon! The contribution from Deutsche Bank is nothing short of astounding and it gives confidence to everyone at Wayside. Because of support like this, people who had burned all their bridges and fallen through all the gaps are able to access essential services and find acceptance at Wayside.”
Anne Johnston, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Children’s Cancer Institute, said:
“At Children’s Cancer Institute we are completing research that we believe will one day contribute to curing every child of cancer. We can’t complete our vital work without support from organisations like Deutsche Bank and we cannot thank them enough for supporting our research with their Christmas fundraising.”
Michael Ormaechea, Chief Executive Officer at Deutsche Bank Australia, said: “Since it began eight years ago, our Christmas Charity Program has not only grown to become a key part of our corporate responsibility program in Australia, but more importantly it has changed hundreds of lives and made a difference with those who need it most.”
With the money they have raised during this time, Deutsche Bank employees have helped build a school in Cambodia, trained dozens of Young Doctors in Indigenous communities in NSW and Victoria, provided outreach support and services to young people at risk and granted more than 30 tertiary scholarships to young Australians to help them realise their dreams through education.
In the last year, 34% of employees at Deutsche Bank Australia volunteered their time in the community while 15% give regularly through workplace giving. Read more about Deutsche Bank’s CSR program at db.com/csr
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