Char­i­ties push so­cial change

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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/.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Pil­bara Ear Health co-or­di­na­tor Tracey Green, Boss Hogg Boxing and Fit­ness Academy chair­man Josh Hill and OzHelp Foun­da­tion project of­fi­cer Sarah Boagey.

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