Staff donations go to animal rescue centre
A $15,000 donation to Animal Rights and Rescue will go straight back to animals' vet bills and the running costs of the non-profit centre.
The funds were raised by Newcastle Permanent staff through their CommunityAssist staff deduction program.
Money raised for charity
The program raises more than $50,000 each year, which is then distributed to charities and community groups.
Animal Rights and Rescue volunteer of 14 years, Debbie Edwards, was working at Newcastle Permanent last year when she heard about the program and nominated the centre for funds.
"Staff had the option to donate from their pay each fortnight," she said.
"At the end of the year everyone gets to vote on who gets the money ... I nominated Animal Rescue and it won the vote.
Large amount for animals
"I never realised it would be such a large amount ... I thought it might be $2000-$3000.
"They're always struggling for funds because ... it's all the volunteers fundraising."
Animal Rights and Rescue office manager Suzanne Lavis said the donation would ease some of the centre's financial pressures.
"We run on a tight shoestring budget here and when you get donations that size, it just makes life that bit easier," she said.
Money for vet bills
"All the money received goes towards the animals ... towards vet bills, the running costs of the centre."
Animal Rights and Rescue was founded in 1994 by Barbara Steffensen.
She retired last year and the centre was handed over to Ms Lavis.
Ms Lavis wanted to say a thank you to Newcastle Permanent on behalf of the volunteers.
"It was very much needed and it will definitely help go towards the animals we have in care and the new ones that will come into care," she said.