Wirrapanda Foundation and Comet Bay Primary receive funding for programs


Ellouise Johnstone enjoying one of ‘The Deadly Sister Girlz’ programs.
Ellouise Johnstone enjoying one of ‘The Deadly Sister Girlz’ programs.

TWO youth-focused charities are set to benefit to the tune of $12,000 after being awarded grants from the Commonwealth Bank’s Staff Community Fund.

The Wirrpanda Foundation and Comet Bay Primary School both have programs that support the health and wellbeing of local youth.

‘The Deadly Sister Girlz’ is designed and run by female indigenous mentors for indigenous female students.

The grant will help to fund the ‘DSG’ program for 35 participants, improving their school attendance levels, self-esteem and confidence.

Comet Bay Primary School runs a breakfast club every Friday during terms for students from a low socio-economic background who often arrive at school without having had breakfast.

The grant will help to extend the program to all students for more days of the week.

The two organisations have been awarded $12,000 in total.

Commonwealth Bank WA area manager Teresa Martins said grants were awarded to groups who support youth.

“Organisations like The Wirrpanda Foundation and Comet Bay Primary School are wholly committed to the wellbeing of young Australians,” she said.

“It is a great source of pride for our staff and the Commonwealth Bank to support so many worthy programs in Kwinana and Secret Harbour through these grants.

“We are grateful for the generosity of more than 13,000 current and retired staff who donate to the Staff Community Fund to make this possible.”

The Staff Community Fund is an employee contribution program formed in 1917 and is one of Australia’s longest programs of its type.

Over 13,000 current and retired staff contribute to the Fund. The bank matches contributions dollar for dollar.