Charities push social change
Three Pilbara charities will take to the Karratha stage next week to present for direct donations at what will be the first live crowdfunding event held in regional Australia.
The event, which is hosted by social entrepreneurship agency The Funding Network, will see Pilbara Ear Health co-ordinator Tracey Green, OzHelp Foundation project officer and registered nurse Sarah Boagey and Boss Hogg Boxing and Fitness Academy chairman Josh Hill deliver their ideas for social change for six minutes each before audience members can volunteer cash donations starting from $100 each.
The aim is to raise up to $15,000 for each charity’s cause, with major sponsor Rio Tinto agreeing to match funds raised to the value of $7500. In-kind support is also recognised.
TFN Australia co-founder and chief executive Lisa Cotton introduced the event model, based on a long-term UK format, to Australia in 2012 and has since run events in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth.
She said Karratha had been chosen as the organisation’s first regional location for a mix of reasons, including its sufficiently large population, the number of innovative social programs running here, and the presence of major sponsor Rio Tinto who also supported the Perth event last year.
“It’s a mixture of fun and inspiration,” she said of the format.
“You get the presenters talking about really serious issues in the community but making them very relatable and inspiring, and it’s like this amazing alchemy that happens, where people, even if they hadn’t intended giving, maybe they put their hands up.
“I think it only really happens with live crowd-funding as opposed to online, where you miss that human element.
“We’re social animals and people love feeling socially connected.”
Representatives from the selected charities gathered in Karratha for a charity pitching workshop on Wednesday, September 21, to hone their presentations for the event.
Speaking at the session, they said their hopes were it would help their charities gain exposure and buzz, attract possible partners to work with in future, promote personal development and in the case of Pilbara Ear Health, see their long-term work in the community continue.
Mr Hill, whose boxing academy is a new start-up, said the event’s social justice focus was key to his involvement.
Ms Boagey said she was looking forward to seeing the audience response, based on Karratha’s reputation for generosity in online crowd-funding campaigns.
The TFN event will be held on Thursday, October 13, at 5.30pm at Karratha Leisureplex.
It is being supported by Rio Tinto, the City of Karratha, Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal, RDA Pilbara and Lotterywest.
For more information or to reserve tickets for $20, go to www.thefundingnetwork.com.au/.
Pilbara Ear Health co-ordinator Tracey Green, Boss Hogg Boxing and Fitness Academy chairman Josh Hill and OzHelp Foundation project officer Sarah Boagey.