Banking on Kids appeal begins

THE team at Bank of Queensland (BOQ) Warwick is asking locals to show how big their hearts are when it comes to helping sick and injured kids and raising awareness of the vital work of our children's hospitals.

BOQ's sixth annual Banking on our Kids charity appeal, which runs during July, aims to raise more than $200,000 for the five major children's hospitals around Australia, including the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

Warwick owner/manager Gary Kelly was confident the local community would pitch in to help raise the $200,000 target.

“We are asking everyone to show how big their hearts are by making a donation in exchange for a helping heart card and writing a message of encouragement to a sick child,” Mr Kelly said.

“When we launched the appeal we raised $14,000. Last year we raised a huge $170,000.

“So this year we are pretty confident that, with the support of the community, we can raise $200,000 through fundraisers, in branch and online donations and sales of helping hearts.

“The helping hearts are a great way for locals to get behind the appeal, and it will be awesome when customers come in and see our branch walls covered in hundreds of them.

“When the appeal is over, the helping hearts will be delivered to sick kids at the five member hospitals of the appeal beneficiary, the Children's Hospital Foundations Australia.”

Mr Kelly said seeing the benefits of previous appeals gave staff and customers alike the additional incentive to throw their support behind the appeal again this year.

“One of our appeal ambassadors from previous years, Jessica, was close to the hearts of many BOQ staff because her mum works for one of our branches,” he said.

“During Banking on our Kids last year, Jess was desperately waiting for a liver transplant to save her life. She hadn't eaten for around two years, instead being fed by a tube through her nose.

“Last year Jess got her liver transplant and while she is still undergoing regular treatment, she is getting better, going to school every day and running around like any other nine year old.”

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