Media Release: BankVic holds an ice bucket challenge to raise funds for MND

Wednesday 1 June 2016

BankVic has held an ‘ice bucket’ challenge to help raise funds for motor neurone disease. BankVic is raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) through it’s sponsorship of a driving team in ‘Daniher’s Drive’, an annual event raising awareness and funds towards a cure for MND.

BankVic has put it’s support behind the ‘Cool Kids’ driving team, consisting of five nurses from Austin and Eastern Health including Jenna Morcom, Corrine Wells, Sarah Lorenzini, Brianna Benedetti, Fiona Hudd and Lauren Daniher. All funds raised will help cover the team’s entry fee into the event.

BankVic donated more than $3000 with a large proportion raised internally from staff who bid for the right to dump an ice bucket on BankVic’s Executive Managers and Board Members in BankVic’s ‘Ice bucket challenge’ held on Tuesday 31 May.

"The ice bucket challenge provided us with a fun way to raise money for MND whilst at the same time enabling us to raise awareness and educate our staff about this debilitating disease. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our staff who bid ferociously. We are proud to assist such a worthy cause and support the fundraising efforts undertaken by Jenna Morcom and her team." said BankVic CEO, Stephen Capello.

Daniher’s Drive raised $1.1m in 2015, it’s first year. This year there will be more than 70 cars participating and they hope to raise even more funds than last year, driving 1070km’s around the Gippsland area.

"We are so grateful for BankVic’s support. We really enjoyed attending BankVic’s head office on the day of the 'ice bucket' challenge which was really funny, and to have the opportunity to talk to staff about MND. We hope to raise enough funds to have the privilege to be the first car to lead the race." Jenna Morcom said.

"At BankVic we're committed to building a healthy community, one that thrives on its people and one that's got heart. We are proud to support members of our community who assist to strengthen the communities we live in." Mr Capello said.  

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