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Their Beautiful Game

Once again, this year we put the call out to our local football clubs, schools and community members to donate their no longer required football boots, balls, gloves and shin pads to great response. We even got two sets of old uniform kits donated by Turramurra United Football Club (which will be put to good use by the recipients)


In all we collected more than 180 pairs of boots!


These boots along with the uniform kits were recently distributed throughout Ghanda, Kenya, Nigeria and closer to home in outback communities of the Northern Territory.


The cost of distribution to these remote areas was covered by the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches.

There were lots of happy faces when Their Beautiful Game distributed the boots, balls and kits from our collection to the various communities. Some of the children from Ghanda were playing soccer with one boot on and one worn-out sneaker until their new boots from our collection arrived!


A big thank you to everyone who donated boots, and especially to our local football clubs: North Turramurra FC, Lindfield FC, St Ives FC, West Pymble FC, Turramurra United Football Club and Kissing Point Football Club.


2020 Collection. If you or your child grow out of your boots and they are still in excellent condition, or require a new pair before the start of next year’s season, give them a wipe down, and hang onto

them as we will be collecting again in early 2020.

Double the Donation – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter is a well-known local not-for-profit organisation that provides temporary supported accommodation for women in times of crisis such as homelessness and /or domestic violence. Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches have long been supporters of the HKWS, so when we heard they were looking to purchase a property to create a permanent, larger facility to cater to the increasing demands of women in need, we felt compelled to assist.

Currently, the HKWS lease premises with 10 beds and five shared rooms. For every woman they are able to assist, they are turning away another three. The need to find a space they can call their own and providing support to more women is a critical goal for the organisation.


Our incredible team at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches put their heads together and came up with a campaign to engage the community, local sporting groups and schools to collectively work towards raising funds for HKWS, and Double the Donation was born.

Double the Donation was a simple initiative; for every dollar donated by the community, the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches would double it (up to $20,000).

We set about creating an engaging campaign to capture the attention and hearts of those in our community. We issued yellow piggies to cafes and workplaces to collect donations and opened up an online fundraising campaign – and the community leapt at the chance to show their support.


Thank you to the many individuals, community groups, businesses and sporting groups that supported this campaign: Asquith Magpies Fishing ClubTurramurra Bowling ClubWest Pymble Bicentennial ClubKipling’s Garage BarBarker Old Boys RUFC, Les Cigales French a la Carte Choir, Lions Club of St IvesLindfield Rotary Club, Ahjmrt Mah Jong Group, Lindfield’s School of the Future: A Learning Village, Barker College, Wisekidsworld, Ku-ring-gai Men’s Shed, Dick and Pip Smith Foundation, Lindfield FCFernwood HornsbyDe’lish Artisan FoodsJb’s Hair Design TurramurraFour Seasons Plant Bug Garden Centre, Waitara Park Tennis Centre, Oasis Cafe, La Stazione Bakery, Rohini Village Monday Group, Lions Club of Hornsby.

Together we raised a staggering $47,482!!!


The donation cheque was presented to Sallianne McClelland, President of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, to great response.

Sallianne commented, “Thank you to the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches and the local community for the incredible Double the Donation campaign.”  “The community really stepped up and helped us.” “We are incredibly grateful to the support you give us every single day. We are able to help these women because you help us.”

“By having our own premises, it means we are investing in our future.” Sallianne continued.


The HKWS is continuing to focus on raising more money in the aim of purchasing their own home – their latest appeal is via the City2Surf.  You can keep up with the latest HKWS fundraising initiatives via their Facebook page, or via their website which also accepts donations.

Community Chest Grants Program

Following on from the success of the Ku-ring-gai Edition of Monopoly, the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches are pleased to announce the Community Chest Grants Program.

Over the next few months, we will be giving away $22,787 to local charities, and not for profits with charitable projects.

How does it work?

Local charitable organisations are encouraged to apply for one of 10 financial grants of $2,000. An additional $2,787 will then be granted to one of the 10 chosen organisations as part of a public vote.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to local charitable organisations and to other not for profits for a charitable purpose. ie: A local sporting club could apply for a Community Chest Grant to build wheelchair access to their clubhouse or provide provisions for an impaired player.

They could not apply for a grant to purchase new equipment for the club.

How to apply?

Apply online HERE from the 1st March 2019.

Terms and Conditions:

Applications meeting the criteria will be considered by our Community Engagement Committee, comprising staff of Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches and directors of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited.


Submissions open 1 March 2019

Submissions close 31 March 2019

Announcement of 10 groups to receive $2,000 grant 15 April 2019

Voting for “Community Choice Grant” opens 16 April 2019

Voting closes 30 April 2019

Presentation to all grant recipients – and announcement of Community Choice Grant mid-May 2019.

Supporting our Farmers

The evidence of our supportive and generous community was once again on-show late last year when we put the call out to support our farmers in need.

With the help of our community, the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank raised $20,750 for Rural Aid in support of our farmers, more than tripling our initial goal of $6,000.

We started with an idea to match our customer’s donations, dollar for dollar, up to $3,000. This rapidly grew legs, with eager staff starting “dress like a farmer” days in the branch to catch the attention of our customers. 


It wasn’t just the customers attention that was attracted – a number of local community groups caught wind of what was happening within the branches and put their support behind our collection.

It was truly a community effort.




Share the Load – Helping those in need.

Late last year one of our customers, United Tradies, organised a six-day trip to the farming community of Eurimbla. (5 hours from Sydney) The aim of the trip was to give some hands-on support to the drought-affected farming community within Eurimbla.

Effectively to “Share the Load”. 

The team at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches were thrilled to partner United Tradies on the project. The branches organised a collection of non-perishable items donated by our local community, which were then given to the farmers. Our Branch Manager Dean and staff member Brenda headed out to Eurimbla along with their partners to join the volunteer team with practical hands-on support.

The volunteer group of about 20 included plumbers and electricians, who were able to help with jobs that had been neglected due to either time or money.

Over the six days, the volunteer group of about 20, fixed fences, rebuilt a shed, painted buildings and fed stock. Within the group of volunteers were some skilled tradesmen, who were able to complete some plumbing and electrical jobs that had been neglected due to time or money.  In addition to the practical help, the volunteers provided wonderful support for the farmers just by listening and sharing time with them.  Lifelong friendships were made.

The farming community in Eurimbla, like much of New South Wales, has been battling the effects of the drought since 2015.  They have seen their herds of cattle and sheep decimated reducing the numbers of calves and lambs being born to undernourished mothers.  Every day is a battle where an animal’s lifespan can be measured in days, sometimes hours, and where the smallest win is a monumental event.

This fabulous and uplifting experience is one that we plan to repeat (with staff lining up to volunteer at the next Share the Load long weekend organised by United Tradies).  From the stories told, I’m not sure who got more out of the experience, the volunteers or the farmers they were there to support – but it certainly showed a huge amount of COMMUNITY spirit and was an experience no one will forget.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter

You will find the hardworking team from HKWS popping up all over our local community in the lead up to Christmas, spreading awareness and raising funds to fight back against family and domestic violence.


St Ives Village Shopping Centre– Coffee Crew Table

(Lower level near Harris Farm)

Spreading awareness of the services available within our community for those finding themselves victims of family and domestic violence is a big part of the HKWS job. This weekend on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd Dec, the team will be selling gifts and providing information on HKWS. If you happen to be in the area, stop by and say hello.




Annual Christmas Wrapping – Hornsby Westfield 

From the 17th – 24th of December, the HKWS will be providing Gift Wrapping for a gold coin donation per gift.

Drop by and see our Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branch staff on Tuesday 18 December, we will be there from 3pm to 9pm. All proceeds will go directly to support the women within the HKWS service.



 The Apron Project

Strength is her Super Power

Strength is the inner power to withstand whatever comes our way. Strength is our capacity to endure in the midst of tests and as we grow in strength we are able to tackle life’s challenges with courage and determination.

The theme for the 2018 Apron Project was borne from a comment made by a young boy who likened the aprons to superhero capes.

In the last three years over 100 artists from Australia and overseas have presented more than 200 hand painted aprons with original designs and raised much-needed funds for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter and this year is no exception.

The gallery of creative aprons is hitting the road in early 2019  for a tour of NSW. Leading the charge is Sallianne McClelland – 2018 NSW Woman of the Year for Hornsby and Westfield Local Hero. Sallianne will be taking the aprons and her message to communities on a 2600 kilometre journey.  Sally will be speaking and raising awareness about Domestic and Family violence while providing an opportunity to raise funds for local Women’s services in each town

A Finale and auction for a chance to purchase one of these magnificent aprons will be held on March 8, 2019 – International Women’s Day.  Tickets available: HERE 


Can you help KYDS deliver their mission this season?

KYDS offer expert mental health services that are free and accessible, to young people across northern Sydney.

Elena’s Story: Elena was in an abusive relationship for years. Like most women in this situation she was terrified to leave her husband, but after years of psychological and physical abuse, she began to fear her husband would threaten her three children. Bravely, she built up the strength to leave him. All alone, the struggle to pay rent and bills was relentless for Elena. Although she had tried her best to shelter her children, the trauma was affecting their school life and their mental health. Sadly she couldn’t afford the extra costs of the mental health support she knew they needed.


Thanks to the generous support of your donations, KYDS was able to step in to assist Elena. KYDS gave her family much-needed therapy, allowing them each to come to terms with their past and move towards a brighter future.

Please help KYDS to deliver free, accessible and expert mental health support to young people across the northern Sydney region.

Every donation you give will make a difference to young people and their families in our community, so they can look forward to their brighter future. Thanks to your generosity, since we opened our doors in 2005, KYDS has been able to offer life to change support to thousands of young people and their families.

Every donation you make to KYDS helps us to help families just like Elena’s.

Through your support KYDS will:

*Provide expert clinicians to work with young people.

*Help build the skills young people need to reach their full potential.

*Provide free, accessible and expert mental health services.

Please donate to help KYDS give young people hope this festive season:

$50 towards a family counselling session with a psychologist.

$100 towards mental health counselling for a vulnerable young person.

$500 towards the delivery of preventative, targeted mental health workshops in a school setting.

$1500 towards long-term therapeutic intervention of a vulnerable young person.

To donate visit: https://kyds.org.au/donate/

St Lucy’s School – Full of Festive Cheer.

The end of the year is a significant time at St Lucy’s as they reflect on all of the wonderful learning over the year and prepare for the Christmas Season. It’s also a time where preparations are in full swing for the St Lucy’s End of Year Concert, this year themed – THIS IS ME.

The annual concert is a very special celebration of the students love of dance, music and performing along with their courage, determination and joy. The Creative Arts Department work with the teachers and students to put on a magical end of year show.

The concert will be performed twice; Once to the very dedicated group of 160 volunteers, who offer such great support throughout the year, along with the student’s buddies from Knox and Prouille schools and special friends, donors and sponsors. The second performance will be for parents and families of students – This is always a highlight for students, being able to spot mum and dad in the crowd!


Week Without Words

St Lucy’s are also running a raffle for their “Week without Words” Campaign, a St Lucy’s School awareness and fundraising campaign to give students the tools they need to communicate. 95% of St Lucy’s children have a communication disability, therefore they need innovative communication systems and speech therapy so that they can have a voice!

There are many ways to support St Lucy’s Week Without Words, to find out more click here.

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury – Christmas Appeal

Many people within our community are experiencing financial hardship, social isolation, or are trying to cope with varying levels of distress.

You can help to make Christmas special for someone in need within our community. Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury is organising their annual Christmas appeal to help where it’s needed.

There are two ways to offer your support this year; The Christmas Hamper Collection will be accepting tinned goods (fruit, salmon, vegetables), festive biscuits, boxes of chocolates, soft drink, nuts and Bon Bon’s are all great suggestions for hamper donations.

These donations can be made directly at our Lifeline centre – 4 Park Avenue, Gordon.

Alternatively, financial support is always welcomed and appreciated. Financial donations can be put towards the hamper project or towards gifts for those in need.

Please note – Lifeline also accept gifts for all ages.

  • Perfume
  • After-shave
  • Jewellery
  • Gift-vouchers
  • and new (not recycled) CDs and DVDs

Please visit Lifeline for more information: https://lifelineh2h.org.au/support-us/donate/christmas-hampers/

Help put a smile on those faces in need this Christmas.

The Eye Piece – More than just an optometrist!

The Eye Piece is a family owned and operated boutique Optometrist located in leafy Wahroonga village operated by Paul Lee and Taeyon Kim. In November of 2017 the practice underwent renovations to become the welcoming, luxury boutique it is today. With a passion for eye health and customer satisfaction the team at The Eye Piece go above and beyond the standard expected service and pride themselves on a thorough consultation process, taking into consideration lifestyle and cosmetic needs to ensure the perfect result.


Bulk Billed Eye Screening & Eye Health Checks

The bulk billed eye screening and eye health checks are an important part of day to day business at The Eye Piece – and appointments can be made online, via phone or by popping into the store. However, the display and range of unique frames from global brands (some of which are not available anywhere else on the North Shore) are what really sets this boutique apart from others.


High Quality Frames

Hand selecting every frame from a range of suppliers globally, The Eye Piece has a collection of high quality and fashionable frames catering to all ages and budgets. You will even find precious 18 Karat Gold frames if that’s what you’re after.


On Premise Lens Fitting

All lenses are edged and fitted onsite saving precious turnaround time.  And on collection, customers experience a personalised fitting and adjustment service – and receive a complimentary cleaning pack to take home.


Commitment to Eye Health

Their commitment to eye health stretches beyond the walls of The Eye Piece with management and staff involved in a range of not-for-profit organisations such as Lions Recycle for Sight and World Sight Day. The Eye Piece have been donating $2 from every pair of glasses sold during October directly to Optometry Giving Sight which is a global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error.

Donations help to:

  • Train – local eye care professionals
  • Establish – optometry schools and vision centres for sustainability
  • Deliver – eye care and low-cost glasses.


Special Offer

As a special offer to our Community News readers – The Eye Piece are offering a FREE Digital Retinal Scan (valued at $50) and $100 off a complete pair of glasses at The Eye Piece Wahroonga or Sydney CBD boutiques. Simple mention The Community Bank to take advantage of this great offer.

Terms & Conditions: Must mention at time of purchase to receive discount, not to be used in conjunction with any other offer, must purchase frame and lenses in one transaction, limit of one discount per customer. Offer valid until 30/01/2019.


Shop 3, 2 Redleaf Ave

Wahroonga NSW 2076

T: 02 9487 3551


Shop 1, 244 George Street

Sydney NSW 2000

T: 02 9223 6566