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CommBank Staff Foundation awards $10,000 grant to flyhighbillie


The CommBank Staff Foundation has awarded flyhighbillie a grant of $10,000 to fund their kindness and compassion initiatives for children across Australia. 

flyhighbillie is a charity that assists children and young people in combatting bullying, mental health issues and suicide. It was founded after the tragic death of 12-year-old Billie Kinder in a freak accident in 2016.

Billie’s mum and flyhighbillie CEO Danny Mayson-Kinder said the charity was thrilled to receive the grant and to use the funds for kindness initiatives on their annual ‘b kinder day’ on Wednesday 22 June.

“Billie's legacy has become one of kindness and through the b kinder initiative, flyhighbillie is having a huge, positive impact on young people's lives. Billie would be so happy to see the difference the charity is making to the lives of kids all over Australia,” Mrs Mayson-Kinder said. 

Each year the charity hosts ‘b kinder day’ to encourage people to send a b kinder card to someone they care about. Over the past three years, more than 65,000 b kinder day cards filled with thoughtful messages have been sent around the world. 

Mrs Mayson-Kinder said the grant would go towards distributing ‘b kinder day’ packages to 150 businesses across NSW to allow them to participate in the event and spread kindness in their communities. Each package contains balloons, posters and b kinder cards for participating businesses. 

The charity is encouraging small businesses to hand out cards to their customers and write a kind message to someone special in their lives.

“This is a unique, kind and thoughtful way of reaching out to your family, friends and even your customers,” Danny Mayson-Kinder said. 

“From what has started as an initiative within schools, expanding it to small business to spread kindness across the wider community is meaningful and can make some real change. It all starts from the way we interact with each other; our children are watching.”

flyhighbillie was among the 2021 CommBank Staff Foundation NSW recipients to receive a $10,000 community grant. The foundation allows bank employees to support Australian communities through the company’s workplace giving program with employees also nominating the organisations they felt most passionate about to receive the grants. 

To find out more about flyhighbillie and to register for b kinder day, visit: https://flyhighbillie.org/

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