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Bendigo Bank’s bonus for Bidgee

The staff of Narrandera’s Bendigo Bank have donated $2000 to Narrandera Bidgee Boxing.
18 May 2017

The staff of Narrandera’s Bendigo Bank have donated $2000 to Narrandera Bidgee Boxing.
The money comes from the Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank Board, which allocates money to staff who can then donate it to a charity of their choice.
The cheque was presented to chairman of Bidgee Boxing,Neville Bamblett and vice-chairman Chris Beeche. 
The men were delighted to receive the cheque.
“We really want to thank the community for getting behind us. There’s been so many people who’ve helped out – and a lot of people who’ve put in work behind the scenes to help us,” said Mr Bamblett.
The gym now has a home in the old squash courts on Bolton Street. The sign for the gym was out up yesterday afternoon, and was kindly donated by Narrandera Signs.
At this point the gym is on track to open on July 1. There are tentative plans for a breakfast to celebrate the opening day.
“We’ve just taken the ring to  Hutchins Brothers – they’ve refurbished it. The boxing ring was donated by Narrandera Shire Council,” Mr Bamblett said.
The Narrandera Bidgee Boxing Committee – made up of around 13 people – meets every Wednesday.
Mr Bamblett was inspired to start the boxing gym by a need for positive change in the community. 
He particularly wants the gym to target young people, as it could be not only a means for young people to learn skills and self-discipline, but it could also be a means for other community and service groups to work together. The gym will still be available for people of  all ages to use.
Mr Bamblett and Mr Beeche would like to thank the Bendigo Bank, Rod Russell from Precision Irrigation, Peter Anthony from Process Printers, Steve and Matt Hunt from Narrandera Signs, Narrandera IGA, the Roads and Maritime Services, the CRC Church – “Trevor Murphy and Mel Beer, they’ve been very helpful,” – Neville Wortlehock, Vinnies Fruitz, and Leonie and Rodney Flack – “they were one of the first to put in money”.
They  extended  their gratitude to the people in the community who have supported them from the beginning and worked behind the scenes to help them.
“Rob Gillion, the Bishop of the Riverina, offered us some of the initial start-up funding when it was all still just an idea. 
“Narrandera Councillor  Jenny Clarke  has been steering us along the whole way, telling us which grants to apply for and how to get things done,” Mr Bamblett said.

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