STAFF at Bendigo Bank Ararat Branch raised more than $500 for the Starlight Children's Foundation through a community barbecue.
Following a MasterChef episode Bendigo Bank branch staff decided to take part in the Community Cooking Challenge for Starlight.
Customer relationship officer Jess Wright said the branch aimed to raise more than $250 for seriously ill children, but were thrilled to more than double that, raising $505.
The Bendigo Bank network across Australia took part in the event and all staff played a part in helping to give sick children the experiences they deserve and to see the smiles on their faces.
The barbecue was made possible through the generosity of local businesses B'Meats and Bakers Brew for their donations of goods.