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MFAA Prosper : Mortgage and Finance Brief 05
Smartline takes community support to the local level Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers has launched its new local community support program. A fund of $75,000 a year is available to all 200-plus Smartline franchisees nationally to assist with local club and community sponsorships. Smartline Managing Director Chris Acret said the new "grassroots" program will provide up to one-third of the cost of a franchisee's community sponsorship. In recent weeks Smartline's charity fund hit the $500,000 milestone in funds raised. "This new program is a great complement to the broader community focus that has been very much a part of Smartline and its culture since the launch of our charitable fund in 2002," Acret said. Smartline Footscray West franchisee Brian Hocking is using funds from the community support program to boost his sponsorship of the Sunshine Football Club. Brian is a former club player, coach and committee member and his two children currently play with the club. Brian supports the club to the tune of in excess of $6500 each year which includes general sponsorship and a ladies day function. "The additional funding available from Smartline means we will be able to help the club buy new jumpers for one of the junior teams," Mr Hocking said. When Helen* returned to her job after some months off, she was suffering from fatigue and uncertainty about her rights regarding time off work for ongoing treatment for cancer. Then there was the issue of super- annuation, how to stay healthy and what to say to people who were asking questions. Now, the Cancer Council with Mortgage Choice have come up with a series of workshops called 'Working Beyond Cancer'. The workshops look at a raft of practical and psycho-social issues faced by patients undergoing treatment or returning sometime after treatment has finished. Annie Miller, Cancer Council NSW workshop coordinator, said the first event this year had a turnout of 39 people, mostly under the age of 50, with a lot of Gen X-ers. Sadly, many younger people are diagnosed with cancer so it's not surprising to see that demographic well represented, she says. It is also a key time of your working and family life, so there can be many issues to discuss. Lesley D'Arcy, National Franchise Recruitment Manager at Mortgage Choice, along with Annie came up with the idea, where Lesley championed the company's involvement. The workshops are for men, women, carers and human resource personnel interested to learn more about cancer and the workplace. "Cancer in the workplace will eventually impact on everyone and its vital to keep up- to-date with community education around this," Ms Miller added. In 2011, three events are in the planning at Mortgage Choice training rooms at North Sydney. * Name has been changed Surviving work after cancer The 'Working Beyond Cancer ' workshop held recently by Mortgage Choice. 62 | Mortgage & Finance brief Community
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