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It's been a tough year, and so many people have stood up to support others during these difficult times. Not to mention those who have strived to make a positive difference over many years. Let's acknowledge them and their contribution towards making our community a better place to live through the 2020 Alliance Bank Do Good Awards.

Nominations for the 2020 awards are now closed and winners have been announced (see below).

$1,000 will be awarded to the winner of each category.

2019 awards

2018 awards

Awards overview and 2020 winners

Category Category description 2020 winner
Do Good Community Award Acknowledges outstanding community contribution by an individual. Collin Peebles
Do Good Team Award Acknowledges outstanding community contribution made by a team of two or more. Got Your Back Sista
Do Good Social Purpose Business Award Acknowledges a business that has community purpose at the core of its strategy and delivers outcomes that enrich the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of a community.  Technology for Ageing & Disability ACT (TADACT)
Do Good Outstanding Achievement Award (judges' nomination) The highest honour that can be awarded to an individual, team or business for recognition of their contribution to the enrichment of the social, environmental, emotional, physical or economic wellbeing of a community. This Award will be decided by the judges from the three categories of finalists. Liam Foldi and Kenshi Candles
  2020 finalists announced:

Each of the Alliance Banks has put forward up to two nominees per category and our finalists for 2020 are...

Do Good Community Award

  • Lucy Earl (Uniting Church Pantry) - partners with OzHarvest to provide a free community pantry for locals in need.
  • Tendayi Ganga - an author, Board member of the Multicultural and Refugees Settlement Scheme and ACT Multicultural Council, and a champion of multicultural issues, diversity and empowerment in the African Australian community.
  • Shannon Graham - frontline nurse during COVID and a driving force behind the Empowerment Challenge, a charity that supports young mums in the Geelong region.
  • Yvi Henderson - manages the Cooma Multicultural Centre, is a passionate volunteer and an advocate for local immigrants.
  • Collin Peebles - is the CEO of Geelong Food Relief Centre which tackles food security for Geelong's underprivileged, feeding more than 40,000 over the past year.
Find out more about the Community Award finalists.

Do Good Team Award

  • Canberra Trampoline and Gymnastics Club - the coaches behind the re-opening of the centre during COVID to enable athletes to continue to train so they could remain competitive at state and international level competition.
  • Philip Brown and Kelly Stirton - for establishing football programs for people with physical or intellectual disabilities and providing them with pathways to participate in other sports.
  • Got Your Back Sista - the entire team for empowering women and helping them thrive after escaping domestic violence.
  • Mittagong RSL - for providing a safe haven and free meals to people escaping last summer's bushfires.
Find out more about the Team Award finalists.

Do Good Social Purpose Business Award

  • Liam Foldi - established Kenshi candles when he was just 16-years old. The business is a social enterprise that supports communities around the world and the local Chin refugee community by providing them with employment.
  • Jo and Geoff Harrington - for donating enormous volumes of bread and raising funds to support struggling farmers and anyone else in their community in need. 
  • Sandy Johnston - for establishing a podcast, Tiaras, Tears and Triumphs which reaches out to women experiencing and escaping domestic violence.
  • Philanthropize Pty Ltd. - Kristine Hewett and Keron Beath for creating a support group for women who are experiencing or have escaped domestic violence.
  • Technology for the Aged and Disabled (ACT) - for providing technical solutions that are not commercially available for the aged and people with disabilities.
Find out more about the Social Purpose Business Award finalists.
We'll be profiling finalists in the coming weeks in the lead up to the announcement of our winners in early-February 2021. Well done to all of our finalists and nominees.
  2020 nominees announced:

Do Good Community Award

  • Australian Breastfeeding Association Southern Highlands
  • Rosalea Collins
  • Lucy Earl - Uniting Church Pantry
  • Tendayi Ganga
  • Tendayi Ganga
  • Tendayi Ganga
  • Shannon Graham
  • Yvi Henderson
  • Stephen James
  • Christopher Lytas
  • Robert Lytzki
  • Angela-Liston McCaughley
  • Collin Peebles
  • Jack Pidgeon

Do Good Team Award

  • Philip Brown and Kelly Stirton
  • Cafe Stepping Stone
  • Canberra Trampoline Gymnastics Club
  • Canberra Trampoline Gymnastics Club
  • Caroline Chisholm School staff
  • Mittagong RSL
  • Southern Highland Rural Fire Service
  • Team Got Your Back Sista

Do Good Social Purpose Business Award

  • The Alpine School
  • Born to Shine
  • Jo and Geoff Harrington
  • Sandy Johnson
  • Kenshi Candles
  • Lions Community Bookshop Queanbeyan
  • Lions Community Bookshop Queanbeyan
  • Magnolia Learning
  • Philanthropize Pty Ltd
  • Shafeen Mustaq - SiTara's Story
  • Technology for the Aged and Disabled (ACT)
  Information about nominating:

Award criteria

  • Nominees will have made a significant contribution that has improved the lives of people in their local community.
  • Nominees are recognised as a role model by their peers and/or community.

How to nominate

Nominations are made using the online form. There are two key questions that form part of the online nomination:

  1. Why are you nominating this person or business for a Do Good Award?
  2. How has the nominee positively impacted the lives of others? 
The easiest way is to prepare these answers beforehand and then copy and paste into the online nomination form.
  Key dates:

Key dates for the 2020 Alliance Bank Do Good Awards are as follows:

  • Nominations open 21 September 2020.
  • Nominations close 30 October 2020.
  • Nominees announced 16 November 2020.
  • Finalists announced 30 November 2020.
  • Winners announced 1 February 2021.
  Nomination criteria:

Consideration of the following will be taken into account when assessing nominations:

  • Nature of the exceptional achievement(s) of the person/business.
  • Impact the person/business has had, and the benefits they have/it has provided to Alliance Bank Members/or the local community.
  • Demonstrated advocacy, innovation or creativity.
  • Contribution to development of the community.
  Eligibility criteria:
  • Nominees must reside in an Alliance Bank Partner catchment or be nominated for a contribution to an Alliance Bank Partner local community. 
  • People can self-nominate or nominate others.
  • Current Board members of mutuals operating as an Alliance Bank and local politicians are ineligible.
  • A person cannot receive a second award in the same award category in consecutive years.
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years.
  • Awards will not be granted posthumously.
  • Nominees for the Do Good Social Purpose Business Award must hold an ABN or ACN.
  • Nominees for the Do Good Team Award must comprise of two or more people.
  • Finalists must provide consent for their image and their story to be used in the awards promotional material.
  Terms and Conditions:
  • Only one prize of $1,000 is awarded per category including the Do Good Team Award.
  • Total prize pool $4,000.
  • The Outstanding Achievement Award winner will be selected by the judges from the finalists in the three Do Good Award categories.
  • Judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Nominations open 21 September and close 30 October 2020.
  • Nominees announced 16 November 2020.
  • Finalists announced 30 November 2020.
  • Finalists must provide information that outlines their contribution and how it has positively impacted lives and/or their local community and consent to its use in promotional material.
  • Finalist stories will be featured on and on social media from early December to 31 January 2021.
  • Winners announced 1 February 2021.


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