Bendigo Bank’s Blackbutt community branch celebrated its 10th birthday on Friday morning, but the organisation made sure it was the local community which received the present.
Bank representatives presented an automated defibrillator to local business owner Angie Norris, who will house the unit at her Blackbutt Fuel and Tyres business in Coulson Street.
South Burnett Community Enterprises Ltd chairman Lionel Kerr and branch manager Lorraine Wyvill handed over the potentially life-saving device.
Lorraine said the donation was in line with Bendigo’s philosophy of giving to the community “but we hope it doesn’t get used”.
Lionel said he could remember when the branch opened 10 years ago.
“Hopefully, we have made quite a contribution in the community since then,” he said.
South Burnett Community Enterprises Ltd also operates Bendigo community branches in Yarraman and Nanango, as well as agencies in Wondai and Murgon.
“Over the past 14 years, the company has put more than a million dollars back into the community,” he said.
“And the more customers that bank here, the more we have to give back.”
The birthday cake was cut by former Bendigo employee and long-time community bank supporter Judy Robison, from Blackbutt.