Aussie Home Loans has announced a new partnership with food rescue charity OzHarvest which will see more than 1,300 brokers and team members raise funds for the non-profit organisation.

As a national major partner of OzHarvest, Aussie will also provide a substantial cash donation to the charity.

The partnership agreement comes after Aussie CEO James Symond took part in the OzHarvest CEO CookOff earlier this month, raising $111,000.

“I was so impressed by OzHarvest’s mission, operation and team during my involvement in the CEO CookOff that it inspired me to look at what long-term support Aussie could provide beyond this one event,” Mr Symond said.

“This isn’t just about writing a cheque – though, of course OzHarvest needs money to keep the wheels turning on their yellow vans. Importantly, we will be setting up programs so that our team across the country can get involved by volunteering, fundraising and taking part in OzHarvest’s 'Cooking for a Cause' events.”

Mr Symond said Aussie’s brokers and franchisees will also be leveraging the strong connections they have in their local communities and with their customers to find new ways to support OzHarvest at the grassroots level.

OzHarvest founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said the charity is thrilled with the support from Aussie.

“Aussie is not only providing funding, but is also creating opportunities for its team members across Australia to both volunteer their time and create their own fundraising programs and community connections to support us,” Ms Kahn said.

[Related: Aussie backs not-for-profit initiative]

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