Donation lifts Community Fund

An award win achieved by employees at Stockland Townsville has led to a $5,000 windfall for the Cowboys Community Fund.

The Stockland team involved in the Townsville shopping centre redevelopment that was completed in late 2012 was honoured with the award, which related to Stockland’s CARE (Community, Accountability, Respect, Excellence) values, at a recent commercial property conference.

The Stockland project team received $3,000 as a special reward for the way they managed the overall development.

When they graciously decided to “pay it forward” by donating their prize money directly to the Cowboys Community Fund, the Stockland Executive Committee was so impressed by the selfless act they increased the donation by another $2,000.

The $5,000 cheque was presented to Cowboys co-captain and CCF ambassador Matt Scott at Stockland Townsville today.

“This is a huge gesture by the staff at Stockland,” Scott said.

“It shows how community-minded they are that they decided to pass this on our Community Fund instead of keeping it for themselves.

“It will now be presented to a very worthy young North Queenslander who needs financial help.”

Stockland Townsville Centre Manager Ian Robertson said: “Stockland is a company that puts community first, and I was absolutely delighted to see our people making a unanimous and spontaneous decision to donate their prize money to such a great cause.”

The Cowboys Community Fund, supported by Coca-Cola Amatil and Cowboys Leagues Club, is in its tenth year and since its inception has granted in excess of $160,000 to North Queensland applicants.

“The Toyota Cowboys are extremely proud that we can contribute something back to North Queensland and very grateful to have fantastic support like this from Stockland and their employees,” CCF chairman Wayne Nicholson said.

Applications for the next round of funding close on 30 June and application forms can be found on the Cowboys’ website, cowboys.com.au/community-fund.

To apply, you must be 25 years of age or under or work closely with an individual in that age group.

Applications are to be submitted in writing and must follow the requirements detailed on the application form and then posted to the Cowboys Community Fund postal address.

Applicants must live or be based in the Cowboys’ talent recruitment geographical catchment area of North Queensland, from Torres Strait in the north, west to Mt Isa and south to Mackay.

Grants are limited to a maximum of $3,000, although part-payments of grants may be considered in applications exceeding $3000. Requests for cash donations will not be considered.

Inquiries on fund application procedures may be emailed to communityfund@cowboys.com.au