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Bank sponsors playground spruce-up for preschool

Rossmore Community Preschool in NSW has just received a free playground upgrade courtesy of Westpac Institutional Bank and Mission Australia.

The Rossmore Community Preschool is a school that provides play-based educational programs featuring the Early Years Learning Framework. The preschool also gives support for children with additional needs and children who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Westpac Institutional Bank’s long established partnership with Mission Australia, an organisation that advocates for disadvantaged Australians, has enabled the renovation and transformation of Rossmore Community Preschool’s playground. A previous project produced by the partnership between Australia’s first established bank and Mission Australia include a $136,000 contribution to the construction of Mission Australia Centre in Kingswood, which works with the homeless in Western Sydney.

Westpac Institutional Bank and Mission Australia renovated the playground of Rossmore Community Preschool by constructing a vegetable garden, planting fruit trees, mounting compost bins and coordinating general maintenance for the pre-school’s outdoor region.

According to Westpac chief executive Rob Whitfield, Westpac encourages employees to participate in Volunteer Day every year where they will be giving back to the communities where they live and where they work.

“We can all make a simple difference just by lending a hand and giving a bit of our time,”he said.

Whitfield added that construction of the outdoor environment will help pre-school children learn about sustainability.

Director of Rossmore Community Preschool, Sheryl Amann, expressed gratitude for the contribution.

“Providing a safe outdoor environment is critical in shaping the future health, learning and social ability of our young children,” she said.

 

Sources: http://www.westpac.com.au/about-westpac/media/media-releases/2013/10-april-2

http://www.missionaustralia.com.au/about-mission-australia

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