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SBS Star Prize Draws Hit $60,000 Going Back To The Community

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3 September 2008 - Non-profit clubs and societies throughout the country have been reaping the rewards of an innovative SBS banking package that provides the chance to win one of ten $1000 monthly prizes.

The arts, sport, community and cultural development, youth and veterans have all benefited from joining the SBS Stars - to the tune of a total of $60,000 - since SBS Star was launched in January and there are still six more monthly draws before SBS Star even celebrates its first birthday.

SBS General Manager Corporate Performance Lana Winders said voluntary organisations from as far a field as Stewart Island to Tauranga had received cash injections through the SBS Star prize draws.

"There is no greater pleasure for SBS staff to be able to call 10 voluntary community groups each month that are involved in all manner of things and let them know the good news that their coffers are about to receive a $1000 top up.

"Our communities are only as strong as the grassroots, non-profit groups and societies that help to make them what they are and here at SBS we believe in our communities and we're proud of our record of support we are able to give them," Mrs Winders said.

It's extremely gratifying and rewarding for us and the groups involved as they are able to benefit from fee-free transactions and high interest rates on savings and investments, alongside the opportunity to earn monthly prizes.

"It is a package put together by the SBS team that takes into consideration the needs of small non-profit organisations."

Invercargill SBS Branch Manager Neil Bramley said since SBS Star was launched, 14 groups from Southland and Otago branches had benefited from $17,000.

"It's a great feeling to be able to offer a banking product to our hard-working voluntary organisations that provides real and tangible benefits to the clubs and communities that they represent."

Makarewa Playcentre treasurer Karen Thwaites said it was wonderful news to hear they were to receive a $1000 boost from the latest August prize draw.

"The monthly prize draws were only one of many reasons Makarewa Playcentre moved our accounts to SBS, the most important being that SBS had supported us several times in our fundraising efforts when we didn't even have our accounts with them. When SBS introduced the Star accounts, it was our chance to show our support to them and winning $1000 has absolutely been a bonus," Mrs Thwaites said.

The money would help with the running of the centre and maybe even go towards some new equipment and books.

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