Community group Border Trust wants $1 a day for its charity giving month

Got a spare coin: Border Trust chairman Michael Salter and FoodShare manager Peter Matthews with $1 pieces which are being sought to help those in need. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
Got a spare coin: Border Trust chairman Michael Salter and FoodShare manager Peter Matthews with $1 pieces which are being sought to help those in need. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

BORDER music export Lisa Mitchell once sung: ‘Do you have a dollar?’

Now community foundation Border Trust is echoing that call with the theme for its Local Giving Month.

The organisation wants citizens to donate a $1 a day in May to go towards its grants program which helps those in need across the region.

Border Trust chairman Michael Salter told a launch of for the campaign that he hopes the focus on tiny contributions will lead to a big tally.

“It’s only a small amount individually, but the multiplier effect across our region will make a huge difference to Border Trust and to the local community,” Mr Salter said.

“So there’s some simple ways we can do that, grab an old jar or money box and add a dollar each day.

“Set something similar up in your workplace where workmates can put the change from their coffee or their lunch in and collect that through the month.”

Mr Salter declined to say how much Border Trust hoped to raise through the month, but noted the demand for its grants was strong.

“Each year Border Trust receives requests exceeding $100,000 from local grassroots not-for-profit organisations that are wanting to achieve amazing things in the local area,” he said.

“We don’t close to fulfilling those requests.”

The launch on Monday was held at a beneficiary of two grants – Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare.

Manager Peter Matthews said it had been assisted with $5000 and $3000 grants.

Got a spare coin: Border Trust chairman Michael Salter at the launch of his organisation's campaign to seek a $1 a day from donors in May. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Got a spare coin: Border Trust chairman Michael Salter at the launch of his organisation's campaign to seek a $1 a day from donors in May. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

The former allowed FoodShare to buy computers and set up its office to aid in distribution of tucker via scores of agencies, while the latter covered a marquee, signs and banners used to promote fundraising.

“Those two mechanisms provided by Border Trust have been fantastic for us,” Mr Matthews said.

“We really do enjoy and welcome their support….because it is local funds going to the local community.

“That’s a really important consideration, so we would urge everyone to support this campaign and it will help us feed the local community.”

Border Trust is able to supply collection jars, which are available by phoning (02) 6051 3349, or tax deductible donations can be made online through www.bordertrust.org.au.

Full jars can be taken to Hume Bank with a deposit slip.