Giving back has its own rewards card

The program’s logo.A CASH bonus is up for grabs for community groups that    are quick to sign up to a new City of Swan program in January.
The program’s logo.A CASH bonus is up for grabs for community groups that are quick to sign up to a new City of Swan program in January.

The Membership Rewards Card program is free to registered members of volunteer-led community associations and offers discounts to them and their families at participating local businesses.

To encourage them to sign up businesses, the first 10 eligible groups that deliver six correctly completed business registration forms between January 11 and January 27 will receive $100.

Robert Gardiner, who volunteers with sports club Binar Sports and Swan View Community Association, has signed up 12 businesses to the program.

“Most businesses have welcomed the opportunity to get more customers simply by supporting their local community,” he said.

“It is not hard to give a local business something that is designed to help them for free.”

Mr Gardiner said the program was beneficial for both community groups and businesses.

“The community groups I volunteer with exist for the benefit of the people in the place I live,” he said.

“These groups can only be effective if they can attract and keep lots of members.

“I see the Membership Rewards Card as a way to give our members help with the challenge of existing from day to day in this tough economic world.”

The program is a collaboration between the City, Swan Chamber of Commerce, Reporter publisher Community Newspaper Group and Membership Action Division community network.

For more information and registration forms, visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/mad.