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NewsMarch 2024 Newsletter – Community events and connections

March 2024 Newsletter – Community events and connections

Celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March

Our inspirational woman of the month is Pam Brown (pictured above), CEO of the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF). 

Community Bank Sydney recently supported the Foundation’s symposium to positively impact the lives of people in the community. Funding supports a wide range of medical research in cancer, mental health, women’s and children’s health, microbiome, bone and joint diseases, immunity, allergy and infection, intensive care and emergency medicine among others.

We would love to hear about any inspirational stories that you might like to share from your workplace, at home or in your community. Post a photo or video and caption it on Instagram or Facebook, share it with us and tag #inspireinclusion #communitybanksydney. We would love to shout out one stellar entry to our networks and mention her as an International Women’s Day Inspiring Inclusion Community Hero.


A Lunar New Year that was out of this world! Here’s what went down…

Community Bank Sydney was thrilled to support many projects and events over the past month. Here’s an overview:

February 10-25 -– We congratulate the City of Sydney for throwing the largest Lunar New Year celebrations in the Southern Hemisphere to welcome the Year of the Dragon. The entire Haymarket precinct stretching from the CBD to Thai Town, Darling Harbour to Ultimo was abuzz with tourists from interstate and around the world.

February 15 – Lunar New Year Gala Dinner hosted by Haymarket Chamber of Commerce featured guests including the Federal Minister for Immigration the Hon. Andrew Giles MP; Deputy Premier of NSW, the Hon Prue Car MP; Deputy Leader of the Opposition Robyn Preston MP; Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore AO and Deputy Lord Mayor Robert Kok. 

They joined over 380 key community partners and friends at The Eight Restaurant Market City. Community Bank Darling Square hosted four tables at the event, sponsored the band and drummers. Well done, Haymarket Chamber of Commerce President Vincent Lim and his team!

February 16-18 – Over an action-packed three days, dragon boats took over Darling Harbour with over 100,000 spectators from the general public and over 3,000 participants including paddlers, family and friends coming together for the Sydney Dragon Boats Festival 2024.

The weekend saw four major events take place;

1. The 2nd Sydney International Dragon Boat Championships,

2. The 41st Regional NSW Championships

3. The All Cancer Survivor Grand Finals

4. The Corporate Championships

CYL Black emerged as champions of the Sydney International Dragon Boat Championships, winning by a mere second, followed by Melbourne Flames Gold and Sloths Purple taking second and third spot respectively. 

CYL is not just a social dragon boat club. It is renowned for bringing couples together including bank Chair Raymond Tai and wife Clarissa who met as young hopefuls, and we understand, their team was also famously renowned as the “Love Boat” at the time. 

The specially commissioned international cup was forged by acclaimed artisan Adam Hawthorn, and commissioned by Community Bank Sydney so it can serve as a perpetual trophy to honour winners in the years to come.

Kudos and well-deserving accolades go to the organisers, Dragon Boat NSW, marshalls from the AusDB and volunteers. International and local broadcast television crews covered the event and Community Bank Sydney played a role as a major partner. We hosted the Hospitality Chill Out Zone.

In this area, food and beverages sales raised generous donations of over A$2,000 for the Childrens’ Tumour Foundation with volunteers from the UTS Soul program helping out across the 3 days. Community Bank Sydney, in full regalia, also sent in two crews of 40 people and in paddling goodwill, formed deeper relationships with the community!

February 20 – Branch Manager Daniel Ye joined the SHARE Community at their Lunar New Year dinner, presenting lucky draw prizes in support of the great community work in exercising and promoting health and wellness to those who are 60 and above.

February 29 – We’re excited about Sydney Olympic Football Club and the launch of this year’s season!


What’s on

  • International Women’s Day (March 8): Celebrating the vital role of women in business society – and life!
  • The Premier’s Harmony Dinner (March 14): Community Bank Sydney is proud to support this event and we look forward to forging even deeper connections with the community.
  • Sydney Streets on Harris Street, Ultimo (March 23): Community Bank Sydney will be supporting this wonderful initiative and, if you’re a local or visitor we look forward to seeing you there!

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LUCKY DRAW: Win 2 tickets to an Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour in Royal Botanic Garden.

Community Bank Sydney is proud to support First Nations culture. Join our exciting Lucky Draw for a chance to win two tickets to an Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour. We invite you to ‘Be Our Guest’ at the Royal Botanic Garden, where you and a guest will learn more about Indigenous bush foods and how these foods were used traditionally and adapted to the modern plate and palate. 

On your one-hour tour, you’ll journey through the Cadi Jam Ora garden and learn about some of the hottest bush foods right now, all while tasting some goodies for yourself! Enter here. Entries close 31 March 2024.


Acclaimed artist Anthony Van Lam’s exhibition

ArtShine Industries in Ultimo launched a solo exhibition by Anthony Van Lam, one of Sydney’s most acclaimed artists. ‘Journey Through Tradition’ features a series of artworks that bring to life time-honoured Chinese traditions and cherished iconic motifs, painting a vivid tapestry of nostalgia and paying a heartfelt tribute to the rich heritage of China. Art is on show at the branch until 29 March 2024 during regular opening hours.

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