We are delighted to renew our partnership with The Illawarra Hawks, continuing as Principal Partner for the upcoming NBL season. In what was an impressive season both on and off the court for the Hawks, we will continue to work together to improve and make a real life difference for the Illawarra community and Hawks fans.

Pepper Money was built on the idea that there should be loan solutions available to help people through the highs, the lows, and unexpected events that real life throws at them. This partnership allows us to demonstrate our continued focus in the Illawarra community and keeping our values aligned whilst increasing awareness of our brand across Australia and New Zealand.

Pepper Money and The Illawarra Hawks #FlyAsOne

Part of Pepper Money’s financial investment will go towards the creation of the ‘Real Life Stories’ content series which looks to give financial grants to key community partners, so that they may continue their meaningful work within the Illawarra community.

The series of community initiatives will be led by Hawks Community Engagement Officer and local legend Tim Coenraad and will include the Clontarf Foundation’s Vincentia Academy – a program aiming to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men by using sport as an incentive

Also taking part in the ‘Real Life’ series, is a swimming program that teaches refugees how to swim and will ensure that, Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra are able to offer this important program to others in their community.

The Disability Trust Partners will also feature in the series, with the financial investment going towards much needed new equipment for the Jammers Basketball Program; established in 1993 for those with disability to get involved in the sport.

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Strengthening relationships in the Illawarra community

Tyler Harvey surprises local schoolkids with Hawks Huddle memberships –

Hawks stars bring smiles to the local community

As the Principal Sponsor of the Illawarra Hawks, nothing brings us more joy than helping the local Illawarra community interact with the club that they love.

For this community initiative, Hawks star players Tyler Harvey, Harry Froling and Isaac White put a smile on the faces of Hayes Park Public School students by running them through some training drills and delivering some of our Hawks huddle packs.

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Inspiring children to adopt healthy eating habits –

Healthy Cities and the Illawarra Hawks

Guided by their core values of integrity, collaboration, equity and inclusivity Healthy Cities, based at Fairy Meadow, work in partnership with local government, health care providers and other community organisations to prevent and control diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, asthma, dementia, depression, and anxiety.

"The great thing about Healthy Cities Illawarra is their programs are targeted at times where kids can be most vulnerable," said Hawks Community Engagement Officer Tim Coenraad.

In this episode of Pepper Money’s Real Life Stories program, Hawks forward Dan Grida (or LeBron James as he is now known) caught up with the kids and team from Healthy Cities to explore their community gardens and attended a cooking class focusing on high-nutritional meals.

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Australian Wheelchair Basketball Star talks childhood, the Hawks and the Paralympics

Meet Luke Pople

We're continuing our work with the Illawarra Hawks to bring you real life stories from the Illawarra community. This week we meet Luke Pople – a member of the Roller Hawks, an Australian Rollers representative, and a graphic designer for the Illawarra Hawks.

Luke discusses his childhood, how he discovered his love of basketball and his ambitions to represent Australia at the upcoming Paralympics.

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