CASPA kids get a New Year gift

Standing in front of one of the artworks purchased from the recent CASPA art exhibition are Susan McDermott from AMP Step Up Financial Planners and CASPAs general manager Chris Foster.

Financial planner Susan McDermott is passionate about making money work for people and thats why she was beaming from ear to ear as she gave CASPAs general manger Chris Foster $10,000.

Thats no tawdry sum to give away, even to such a worthwhile community organisation, but Susan McDermott said the AMP Foundation is committed to putting funds back into the community, and for her it is a pleasure to do so.

Susan, along with husband Matthew, owns AMP Step UP Financial Planners in Lismore and through their sponsorship CASPA received a grant from the AMP Foundation that promised to match its fundraising dollar for dollar up to $10,000 from July 1 to December 31, 2006.

CASPA rose to the challenge and through their Christmas card sales, art show, Christmas shop and other fundraising events ended the year with a grand total of $10,000.

I really believe in corporate philanthropy, said Susan. It is really important that companies put back into society and if you look around Australia there is a refreshing amount of it going on.

Its a philosophy that CASPA is more than happy to agree with as this extra boost to their coffers will bring smiles to the faces of many disadvantaged children and adolescents in the community.

Donations such as these are used for the extras, said Chris. Those trips to Dreamworld, a few days at the beach, a fishing rod or a second-hand bike. This kind of generosity gives CASPA the ability to do these extra things that our small amount of funding doesnt cover. It is amazing what a difference $10,000 can make.

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