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CUA steps up to the crease for Ponting Foundation

by James Mitchell11 minute read
The Adviser

Australia’s largest credit union has teamed up with the Ponting Foundation to support the charity’s work in helping young Australians and their families to beat cancer.

As an extension to CUA’s role as the principal partner of the Brisbane Heat BBL team, CUA announced last month that it will donate $1,000 to the Ponting Foundation for every ‘six’ which players hit during the four Brisbane Heat BBL home games and the WBBL clash against the Adelaide Strikers, at the Gabba.

Donations will be made for each ‘six’ hit by either the Heat or the opposing team during the five matches.

CUA chief of corporate affairs and community, Jo Kearney, said CUA was proud to build on its partnership with Queensland Cricket and the Brisbane Heat – through donating funds to the Ponting Foundation, but also by raising awareness of the foundation among fans watching the game live at the Gabba or on Channel 10.


“This initiative is an opportunity for CUA and the stars of BBL and WBBL competitions to work together to give something back to a worthwhile community cause,” Ms Kearney said.

“CUA places a real focus on working with our members through the changes and challenges they face in their lives.

“We need to recognise that not every key change in people’s lives is positive. For families supporting a young person in their fight against cancer, just managing day-to-day routine can often be a significant challenge.

“Parents often have to give up work, may be also juggling the care of other children and are also trying to manage the heavy emotional burden that goes with caring for a child who has a serious, and often incurable, illness.

“The Ponting Foundation does an amazing job in raising funds for essential services that help provide comfort to young cancer patients, while providing emotional support and financial assistance for their family.”

Ponting Foundation co-founder Ricky Ponting said CUA’s donations would go towards Redkite’s Exceptional Needs Assistance fund, as part of the foundation’s Biggest Game of Cricket fundraising campaign. Redkite provides emergency funding for families facing financial hardship as a result of one or more of their children being diagnosed with cancer.

“We are extremely grateful to CUA for supporting the foundation and leveraging the partnership they have with the Brisbane Heat and Queensland Cricket Association to help us raise awareness of what we do,” Mr Ponting said.

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James Mitchell


James Mitchell has over eight years’ experience as a financial reporter and is the editor of Wealth and Wellness at Momentum Media.

He has a sound pedigree to cover the business of mortgages and the converging financial services sector having reported for leading finance titles InvestorDaily, InvestorWeekly, Accountants Daily, ifa, Mortgage Business, Residential Property Manager, Real Estate Business, SMSF Adviser, Smart Property Investment, and The Adviser.

He has also been published in The Daily Telegraph and contributed online to FST Media and Mergermarket, part of the Financial Times Group.

James holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and an MA in Journalism.


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