The Originals: St.George Bank hot on their heels to help

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COMMUNITY COUNTS: St.George Bank proudly sponsored the Beachside Dash in September. Picture: Lyndon Marceau

COMMUNITY COUNTS: St.George Bank proudly sponsored the Beachside Dash in September. Picture: Lyndon Marceau

When you ask St.George customer service officers Effie Colovos and Kristina Stefanovic what's kept them at the bank for more than 36 years collectively, they'll tell you it's the impact they've been able to make beyond their day-to-day roles.

"To be a part of a business that goes out of its way to help others is awesome," said Ms Stefanovic, whose been working at the Kogarah branch for more than 18 years.

"Whether it's supporting our customers with their financial goals or raising funds and awareness for much needed medical research, I feel proud of the impact we've made to the lives of everyday Aussies."

With a long history of supporting the region, St.George Bank first opened its doors more than 80 years ago in Hurstville before moving its headquarters to Kogarah in the 1990s.

It was during this time the St.George Foundation was born, which has today invested more than $30 million, and partnered with some 800 community organisations, to positively impact the lives of thousands of children experiencing disadvantage across Australia.

"Having worked with St. George for 18 years, I can say we're more than just a bank," Ms Colovos said.

"Our commitment to helping others is best shown through our support of the St.George Foundation, which helps to inspire the younger members of our community to achieve their goals."

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Kogarah branch manager Adriarn Reynolds said in addition to supporting the work of the St.George Foundation, the local branch staff support a range of community initiatives.

"Every year our team works with the Beachside Dash, which raises money for the St George and Sutherland Shire Hospital; and leads the St George Hospital Christmas Toy Collection which we'll kick start over the coming weeks.

"The St.George team also recognise the important role sport plays in the lives of their customers and the local community; and through St George's Footy Grants program - which aims to award up to $100,000 to grassroots footy clubs - has donated much needed funds to the ASEAN Rugby League team in Hurstville and the Kogarah Cougars for new equipment and uniforms.

"Whether it's rugby league, rugby union or AFL, being involved in local footy is more than just a pastime for Aussies, it's a passion," Ms Reynolds said.

"This is something that St.George recognises, and through our footy partners - the St George Illawarra Dragons, St George Queensland Reds and GWS GIANTS - we're proud to be able to give back to the community."

"Over the years, I've been inspired by the difference we can make."

To find out more you can visit your local branch.