Coonamble Commonwealth Bank staff donate $10,000 to Royal Flying Doctor Service support group

The employees of the Coonamble Commonwealth Bank branch put their hands in their pocket and have supported the Royal Flying Doctor Service support group.

Royal Flying Doctor Service support group president Terry Clark said  he was very pleased to accept the donation on behalf of the support group, which provide mental health services in the region.

“It’s already dedicated to the mental health work that is done in Coonamble area. We’ll pass this check straight through to the finance department and it will be directed into the mental health account to benefit that community.

“It’s supporting the, new to our base, mental health team, its operating in our network supplying a whole cross section of support for our mental health patients, providing identification services and everything else that goes with mental health. 

“We had to nominate an area that money was going to be spent, back in that area, that’s the way we identified we could support Coonamble.

Mr Clark said all locally donated funds received by the support group were used across the Dubbo network in services, equipment or capital expenditure.

“The Royal Flying Doctor Service relies on a lot of support to remain viable, it is a huge commitment we have to provide top level services, we couldn’t do it without a big cross section of community support. 

“We wouldn’t be able to meet our financial commitments if we didn’t have our donors, support groups and wonderful generous people that support us.

Coonamble Commonwealth Bank branch manager Craig Fortnum said they were nominated by staff for their service across the state.

“​It’s my pleasure to present them with $10,000 to support the local community with mental health.”

Mr Clark said they were grateful to be so well supported by he community.

“I think its great on behalf of the employer to set up these foundations and give staff a stake in their community, obviously its workplace giving, but to donate into their own found and turn it back into the same community is just the best thing,” Mr Clark said. 

“When you see money you’ve raised coming back into your own community, to support your own people ... I think that’s a great legacy for those people putting part of their wages back into these foundations and their community.