As credit unions, both Savings & Loans and Australian Central have a long history of community support. We both contribute to the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, one of the nation’s greatest family events, and support local sporting teams, community groups and charities.
We don’t see these activities as donations or expenses, but as investments in our community; investments that pay dividends through creating a more vibrant, happy and healthy society.
One of Australian Central’s major community investments is the Australian Central Community Lottery, a unique program that will deliver up to $1.4 million to a range of charities, not-for-profit groups and sporting clubs in 2010.
The Australian Central Community Lottery provides groups with a chance to be part of a lottery with over $280,000 in prizes – well beyond the capabilities of most community organisations. Australian Central and our business and media partners supply all of the prizes for the Community Lottery, as well as the tickets, promotional material and opportunities to sell the tickets in prominent locations.
Tickets for the Community Lottery are $2 each, with the charities and clubs keeping 100% of the proceeds of ticket sales. We’ve distributed 700,000 tickets to hundreds of groups, ranging from regional social clubs to The Smith Family, one of Australia’s largest charities and Savings & Loans’ major charity partner.
So why do we support the Australian Central Community Lottery?
Well, we know that our community wouldn’t be as strong or vibrant as it is without the thousands of sports teams, community groups, charities and social clubs right across the country. They provide support to those who need it, keep us fit and healthy and care for the vulnerable.
We also know that while these groups need money to continue doing their great work, it’s difficult to continually ask their volunteers to fund them. Through the Australian Central Community Lottery we give volunteers the chance to raise money for their club without dipping into their own pocket.
The Australian Central Community Lottery was expanded this year to include a special allocation of tickets to groups and clubs associated with Savings & Loans. And we’re looking into expanding the Community Lottery outside of South Australia and the Northern Territory to help even more community groups raise much-needed funds.
Time’s running out to buy tickets for this year’s Australian Central Community Lottery, with sales finishing at the end of June. To find a participating group in your region and buy last minute tickets, visit the Australian Central website.