THE inaugural community crowdfunding event at Yackandandah has been hailed a success.
About $12,000 was raised for five community groups through ticket sales and pledges at the Local Indigo Network Charity Drive (LINCD) on Wednesday night.
LINCD was inspired by the ABC TV program Pitch Up, in which charities pitched to a room full of potential donors.
Local Indigo Network Charity Drive co-organiser Cait Wilson said the five community groups received at least 10 generous pledges after their pitches.
"For a first-time event it was just brilliant," she said.
"It truly was an inspiring evening of optimism and opportunity.
"It was a unique community event at an awesome venue within a small rural community that continue to generously support each other, and their future."
From a host of submissions late last year five were chosen: 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 on top of the money pledges, the groups also attracted in-kind offers of office equipment and labour.
"We have had some builders in the region looking to donate time and coordination for the repair of the Baranduda Memorial Hall on behalf of 1st Baranduda Scouts for the benefit of the entire community," Ms Wilson said.
"There will be more information to come requesting assistance from various trades and suppliers as the coordinators meet and assess the priority needs.
"An offer is being negotiated for the supply of some computer equipment to Meg’s Children to assist to enhance the education her students.
"We have also had a few people, who unable to pledge further funds are offering their administration or leadership skills and, most importantly, their time to the adventure retreats run by Girls Stand Strong."
Ms Wilson said 160 guests and 46 volunteers attended the event at Yack Ingredients.
"Many of the guests were moved and motivated by the speakers," she said.
"The passion and honesty with which the speakers spoke was very genuine and moving."
Indigo Speakers Club members mentored representatives of the five community groups.
People can still donate money, goods and services. Contact Cait Wilson or Sue Collins via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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