Thanks to our customers, we surpassed our original goal by $100,000. The money raised will support the purchasing of Lot 6, Lot 197 and Lot 93 , helping to protect this precious rainforest forever.
The 3 lots will be transferred back to the Daintree National Park estate by Rainforest 4 Foundation and Halfcut under their Save The Daintree Program. The land will then be jointly managed by the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Bama people and the Queensland State Government within Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land (CYPAL).
This year we saw team members across the Bank Australia team committed to going HalfCut on World HalfCut Day (August 31). They busted out the clippers and shaved half their faces, braided half their hair, and even did half marathons to fundraise. Together they raised over $10,000 to go towards our final total.
HalfCut is a conservation initiative, started by Jimmy HalfCut (James Stanton-Cooke) and Jessica Clarke, to protect crucial forests for habitat for threatened and endangered species. They support Traditional Owners with handover to manage and heal country and culture, expand lots back into national park, and engage in mass rainforest tree planting projects. Their goal is to be part of the solution to the growing climate emergency, ensuring a safe future for all species on earth.
Over the last 3 years, Bank Australia has helped raise over $700,000 to protect and hand back over 33 hectares of Daintree rainforest.
Thank you so much to all of our customers, supporters, and staff for donating to this wonderful initiative. We couldn’t have done it without you and are proud to be protecting the future of our forests, which offer invaluable environmental and social benefits to us all.