A WILDLIFE shelter needs to cut its energy costs, a Scouts group desperately has to fix its ageing hall and a girls’ retreat wants to reach more teens.
They are among five community groups which will pitch their projects at a live community crowdfunding event at Yackandandah this month.
Local Indigo Network Charity Drive (LINCD) will run at Yack Ingredients on February 20.
LINCD co-organiser Cait Wilson said it was the first event of its kind for Indigo Shire.
Ms Wilson said it was inspired by ABC TV program Pitch Up, in which charities pitched to a room full of potential donors.
She said a fellow Indigo Speakers Club (part of Toastmasters International Club) member, Sue Collins, brought the idea to the group.
“We all get something out of Toastmasters individually but we wanted to give back to the community through this development,” she said.
“We wanted to help these groups with their pitch presentations.”
From a host of submissions before Christmas five groups were selected including Totally Renewable Yackandandah for Kangaloola Wildlife Shelter; Girls Stand Strong – Empowering young women; Baranduda Memorial Hall repairs for 1st Baranduda Scouts; Megs Children – Laptop for Nobel House; and 1st Yackandandah Scouts for a shade shelter.
Ms Wilson said the 1st Baranduda Scouts were seeking a minimum of $15,000 to tackle urgent repairs on Baranduda Memorial Hall.
She said 90 children used the hall, which was gifted to the group by Wodonga Council in 2013 for a small amount.
“The hall is desperately in need of a large amount of repairs and maintenance and this has proven to be a heavy burden for the Scout group,” she said.
LINCD aims to raise $50,000 for the five projects.
There will be a pledge “auction” led by real estate agent and auctioneer Des Lonergan. People and groups can pledge funds to the group of their choice.
The event at Yack Ingredients, 275 Yackandandah Road, starts at 6pm.
Bookings essential via: LINCD.eventbrite.com.au