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Future's shining bright

Last year the Ballarat-born initiative Reverse Advent Calendars distributed 1500 boxes to local families in need just before Christmas. Nationally, 6000 packs were shared from Perth to Canberra and from Hobart to Brisbane 🌏.

The innovative idea of local teacher Heather Luttrall, Reverse Advert Calendars started with a small group of friends and now includes a much larger network of caring Australians doing good just before the holiday period 🙌.

Heather is Community Bank Buninyong’s Scholarship recipient for the renowned Committee of Ballarat’s Future Shapers Program in 2024.

“Reverse Advent Calendars allowed me to see the best of people, their generosity and the benefits of giving locally. This has inspired me to learn more about Ballarat, the programs that currently operate and the potential for the future of our city”.

“Future Shapers seemed like a program that would allow me to learn more, ask curious questions and explore the priorities of the Committee for Ballarat. It’s as much about personal growth, community impact, giving back and making connections with other like-minded people as anything else”, she said.

With someone like Heather at the helm, our Community Bank is only too pleased to support her development knowing she’ll continue to give back to our community like the leader she’s already shown herself to be.

For more information or to get involved this festive season visit:

If your community group or organisation may be interested in applying for Community Investment project funding, ask in Branch for more information, eligibility criteria and/or apply online at




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