ADRA takes over bank
A visit to the Westpac branch in Logan Central on any Friday during November would have surprised you—pleasantly. All the staff—tellers and manager—wore green ADRA shirts on those days.
How did this happen? A few months ago, Logan Central ADRA Community Centre Manager, Pam Wood, called in to the branch to do regular banking and noticed the tellers wearing Donut King shirts. She discovered that the bank supported local businesses by wearing their uniforms each Friday for a month. She asked if they would like to do the same for ADRA and an interview with the manager received a positive response. The more Pam shared about the work the local ADRA Centre does to help disadvantaged people, the more the bank manager, Samara, and her team wanted to support.
November was chosen as the best month and Pam shared the exciting news back at the Centre. Loretta Tyler-Moss, teacher in the literacy class involved her students in making posters about ADRA’s work in the community and Pam ordered a few extra ADRA shirts. The posters and other informative materials were displayed in the bank along with an ADRA DVD which played constantly on three large monitors for the entire month. A shopping trolley received donated grocery items. Bank staff answered questions about ADRA, having been briefed about the great work the Centre does.
Jonathan Duffy, CEO of ADRA Australia, visited the Bank and thanked the staff while in Queensland recently. The month has ended but the partnership continues as Westpac staff have agreed to provide free financial literacy coaching through the ADRA Centre in 2012 and have spread the word through the 12 Westpac branches in the region. The ADRA Centre in Logan Central is an exciting place in which to be involved.
Recently, Pam visited the local Super A Mart manager, who now encourages customers to donate their old furniture to ADRA when they purchase new. As a result, the ADRA Op Shop has had record sales, boosting the Centre’s capacity to help people, The Centre provides low-cost counselling (more than 200 sessions during this past year) and emergency food parcels (more than 5000 given in 2011). The ADRA training team have helped many clients improve their skills and sense of selfworth. Their core training courses enrolled 77 students with 78 per cent successful outcomes—a great achievement when working with disadvantaged people. “You can be proud of all our ADRA projects,” said Pastor Chris Foote, Director of ADRA Services, “and your support through the ADRA Appeal, ADRA Christmas trees and other means is so appreciated.”