Going Beyond for community groups

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: From left, Wayne Matters (Beyond Bank), Raelene Williams (Pink Spirits), Jodi Stringer (Roopena Netball Club), David Nichol (Beyond Bank), Janice Eyggenraam (Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network), Juanita Walker (Whyalla Aged Care) and Kelly Hyslop (Beyond Bank)
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: From left, Wayne Matters (Beyond Bank), Raelene Williams (Pink Spirits), Jodi Stringer (Roopena Netball Club), David Nichol (Beyond Bank), Janice Eyggenraam (Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network), Juanita Walker (Whyalla Aged Care) and Kelly Hyslop (Beyond Bank)

Thousands of dollars raised for community groups through Beyond Bank's Community Reward Account were presented to local members on Wednesday.

The Whyalla Pink Spirits ($8786), Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network ($8545), Whyalla Aged Care ($7797), South Whyalla Football Club ($2365), and the Whyalla Little Athletics ($2021) were the top recipients on the night.

The Community Reward Account allows Beyond Bank customers with a savings account to nominate their favourite local charity.

Then, once a year, the bank donates a percentage of the average annual balance to those nominated charities. In 2019, the total amount donated was a record $650,000.

From back, left, local Beyond Bank staff Kelly Hyslop, Charmaine Hyslop, Jo-Anne Mullighan, Savannah Beattie, MIchelle Ryan. Front, John Morrison, Leanne Jackson, Kelly Maxwell and April Hughes.

From back, left, local Beyond Bank staff Kelly Hyslop, Charmaine Hyslop, Jo-Anne Mullighan, Savannah Beattie, MIchelle Ryan. Front, John Morrison, Leanne Jackson, Kelly Maxwell and April Hughes.

Beyond Bank Deputy CEO Wayne Matters said the Reward Account was part of the bank's DNA.

"We've got a philosophy that what is good for the community is good for us. We're a customer-owned bank so we're not about making money, we're about changing people's lives," he said.

"The Whyalla Pink Spirits have received more than $38,000 over the past four years through this program, which is really good to see.

"It's so tough at the moment for community groups to raise money because times are tough economically, there's not a lot of spare money for nonforprofits despite the good work they do.

"This is just another way for them to raise money through their supporters."

All 15 groups in Whyalla that benefited from a Community Reward Account received a certificate from Beyond Bank to celebrate their funding win.