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Westpac Institutional Bank partners with Mission Australia Community Preschool


10 April 2013

As part of its long standing partnership with Mission Australia, Westpac Institutional Bank’s senior executive team have renovated the grounds and transformed the playground at Rossmore Community Preschool.

Rossmore is an inclusive preschool which also caters for children with a disability, children with additional needs and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Westpac Institutional Bank, Chief Executive, Rob Whitfield said; “Westpac’s support of Mission Australia is not just about writing cheques. We can all make a simple difference just by lending a hand and giving a bit of our time.”

“At Westpac, we are all encouraged to take part in a Volunteer Day each year to give back to the communities where we live and work.”

“It was fantastic to make the most of this opportunity by coming together to build an outdoor environment for pre-school children to learn about sustainability,” he said.

Director of Rossmore Community Preschool, Sheryl Amann, said; “Providing a safe outdoor environment is critical in shaping the future health, learning and social ability of our young children.”

“The team from Westpac transformed the playground by building a vegetable garden, planting fruit trees, installing compost bins and general maintenance of our outdoor area. We are very grateful for their contribution,” Ms Amann said.

As part of its long standing partnership with Mission Australia, Westpac Institutional Bank contributed $136,000 to the construction of the Mission Australia Centre in Kingswood in 2012, which provides a purpose-built environment to help combat family homelessness in Western Sydney, benefiting over 1000 vulnerable families each year.

In November 2012, Westpac’s Kokoda Westpac Spirit team donated $300,000 to MissionBeat – Mission Australia’s homeless outreach service and in December 2012 Westpac employees purchased over 130 gifts as part of an Online Christmas Drive for homeless children.

About Westpac

Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac) was founded in 1817 and was the first bank established in Australia. Today, the Westpac Group has branches and controlled entities throughout Australia, New Zealand and the near Pacific region and maintains offices in key financial centres around the world including London, New York, Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore and India. Westpac Group employs approximately 37,000 people and has three key customer facing divisions through which we serve around 12 million customers.

About Westpac Institutional Bank

Westpac Institutional Bank (WIB) delivers a broad range of financial services to commercial, corporate, institutional and government customers with connections to Australia and New Zealand.

WIB operates through dedicated industry relationship and specialist product teams with expert knowledge in transactional banking, financial and debt capital markets, specialised capital, and alternative investment solutions.