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Do Good Awards Finalists 2018

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Meet two Finalists Mark Freund and Harold Dimpel who have made their local and global community a better place.

Mark Freund - Do Good Outstanding Achievement Award Finalist 

Mark Freund is a NSW Southern Highlands local with a passion for community and rugby. Known for his energy and drive, this season Mark Freund has marked his twentieth year playing the sport, fifteen years on the Bowral Rugby Club Committee, the last eight of those as Club President. When he first came to the role the Club was nearly broke and shutting it down seemed a real possibility, but not for Mark. To him the Club represents more than weekend sport: it’s a social hub for families, and thanks to Mark its future has never looked brighter.

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Under Mark’s guidance the Club is focused on community building and has raised more than $290K over the past eight years to support local charities and others such as the Black Dog Foundation and Lifeline. He has also secured a $986K grant from the State government to renovate the Club House creating a 200-seat function centre. With fifteen companies already on board to use the facilities the flow on effect to the local economy will be considerable.

And then there’s the game itself. Having focused on building the junior teams the Club is now enjoying enormous success taking out both 1st and 2nd Grade Premierships this year. And the locals are loving it too, with more than 500 turning up to watch home games.

‘This is great for our local community. Seeing everyone enjoying themselves, it’s very social. 

We’ve got two hundred local kids running around, coming up through the ranks taking us all the way to the finals. It’s really satisfying,’ says Mark. 

He’s got bigger plans too. The latest acquisition is a giant television scoreboard that will screen movies under the stars over the summer and televise the 2019 New Years Eve 9pm fireworks. 

Mark is a quiet achiever, hard working and compassionate. Thanks to him the Bowral Rugby Club is now central to the community’s identity and a vibrant, social hub for locals. 

Harold Dimpel - Do Good Business Award Finalist 

Harold (Harry) Dimpel cares about inequality. He’s also a self-confessed technology ‘ geek’ who has a vision to rebalance global wealth inequity and in doing so improve peoples lives.

Harold Dimpel

Following extensive travel to some of the world’s poorest communities Harry realised very simple technology had the potential to create enormous improvements for people who are financially excluded from accessing the global economy. 

So Harry developed Rocket Remit, the first service of its kind, to provide instant money transfers to recipients overseas using mobile technology. This may sound simple but imagine you are living in poverty and have no access to banking services. With this technology family members can send money internationally quickly and at a low cost providing a lifeline for essentials, such as food, medicine and education. 

Thanks to Harry, Rocket Remit is helping Australians by facilitating funds transfers in countries previously un-reachable by the banking system and other money transfer services. 

Do Good Awards Finalists 2018

Do Good Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Tendayi Ganga for her extraordinary work championing social justice for women
  • Young Emily Patterson who single-handedly raised $46K for drought-affected farmers by holding a charity ball for 500 people
  • Chris Riley, role model, fund raiser and volunteer with SES Brimabank Unit, Scouts and the Cancer Council
  • Mark Freund for his selfless contribution to his community, and tireless work and determination to save the local rugby club
  • Dr Tempe Adams who runs a human-wildlife conflict mitigation program in Botswana called Elephants without Borders

Do Good Community Award

  • Steve Neville for The Portable Bed Project that provides bedding solutions for homeless people
  • Rebecca Picone for the Peace of Mind Foundation, a service that supports brain cancer patients and their families
  • Isobella McGrath and BLOOD Hound Australia, which makes canine blood accessible to sick and injured dogs
  • Alanna Davis for the ACT Health PARTY Program that educates students about drugs and road trauma
  • Steven Granger, volunteer, fundraiser and community advocate
  • Rodney South founder of the Highlands and Tablelands Truck Convoy that raises thousands every year for the local children’s hospital.

Do Good Business Award

  • Nip Wijewickrema’s GG’s Flowers provides people with disability employment, skills and financial independence
  • Harold Dimpel’s Rocket Remit enables low cost money transfer to families in developing countries

Do Good Team Award

  • The volunteers that drive the Waroona Senior Citizens Welfare Community Car, a service that takes locals to their medical appointments
  • Diversity ACT Community Services, an unfunded volunteer driven service that works to support a strong and inclusive LGBTIQ community
  • Friends of Wingecarribee Animal Shelter Committee for raising community awareness, providing support and finding new homes for animals in distress.
  • Volunteers at Highland FM 107.1 Community Radio for their commitment and dedication to keeping the local spirit of the community alive through music, local news and local promotion.

‘The purpose of the Awards is to recognise the people in our communities that work so hard to help others,’ says Carolyn Adams, Head of Alliance Bank®. ‘As social enterprises Alliance Banks are invested in our communities and we are delighted to be able to celebrate the achievements of others who are passionate about doing what they can to support social need.’

One prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winner within each category. Winners will be announced on Monday 4th of February 2019. 

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