Tar­get­ing mil­lions from pocket change

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAT­IFA DAUD

Rais­ing $13 mil­lion may seem like an im­pos­si­ble task, but two Auck­land women have ac­cepted the chal­lenge.

The 10 cents to Mil­lions fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive aims to dou­ble 10 cents 27 times to ac­cu­mu­late a to­tal of $13 mil­lion.

Pro­ject co-founder Eu­nice Ng says the idea was inspired by a prop­erty seminar she at­tended.

She was told if they dou­bled one cent for 30 days, the amount would to­tal $10 mil­lion.

Ng, who lives in Mt Eden, is us­ing this method to fundraise for a num­ber of pri­mary men­tal health ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing Rae­burn House.

‘‘The only rule was the money couldn’t come from my day job. This would al­low me to be more cre­ative to try and think of ways to make that money.’’

So far Ng has re­ceived the money through do­na­tions, pa­per runs, clean­ing houses and weed­ing gar­dens.

Even though the over­all tar­get of $13 mil­lion may seem big, Ng says it is not al­ways about the big­ger pic­ture.

‘‘All I’m fo­cused on is the cur­rent step be­cause the mes­sage there is: Don’t worry about the big­ger goal.

‘‘It might seem im­pos­si­ble now but start with baby steps and be­lieve more doors will open as you progress.’’

The next step in the equa­tion is to raise $1638.40 through a garage sale.

‘‘De­clut­ter­ing doesn’t just mean things but it could also mean toxic re­la­tion­ships, or de­clut­ter­ing your mind of any wor­ries,’’ she says.

Ng and Javadi be­lieve men­tal health is of­ten a taboo sub­ject.

‘‘A lot of the prob­lems hap­pen­ing around the world could be due to men­tal is­sues,’’ Ng says.

The duo would also like to keep some funds for in­di­vid­ual ini­tia­tives.

‘‘Maybe if there’s an in­di­vid­ual that’s strug­gling with de­pres­sion and they want to do some­thing about it, like a com­mu­nity art class, we want some of the money to help peo­ple like that.’’

The garage sale is at 42 Bal­moral Rd, Mt Eden, on Satur­day June 27, from 8am till noon.

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