MS group in­au­gu­ral fundrais­ing re­cip­i­ent

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RACHAEL COMER

Mul­ti­ple Sclero­sis South Can­ter­bury is the first bene­fac­tor of funds from a new Ti­maru char­i­ta­ble fundrais­ing group.

A new fundrais­ing model, the Im­pact Club, was launched in Ti­maru at the Land­ing Ser­vices Build­ing on Mon­day night. Ti­maru real es­tate agent Carl Slade has es­tab­lished the club. He said Mon­day night’s launch was ‘‘fan­tas­tic’’.

He came across the crowd fund­ing model while in the United States in 2016 and so far had about 80 peo­ple signed up in South Can­ter­bury.

The club works via a vot­ing sys­tem where peo­ple sign up and pledge $100 at each of four an­nual meet­ings.

Club mem­bers do­nate $100 four times a year.

‘‘We had right on 100 mem­bers [on the night],’’ Slade said. Three South Can­ter­bury char­i­ties, YMCA South and Mid Can­ter­bury, Alzheimer’s South Can­ter­bury and Mul­ti­ple Sclero­sis South Can­ter­bury, took to the stage at the launch to pitch why they should re­ceive the group’s first cheque of $10,000.

Slade said the club planned to do the grants quar­terly.

The next round of fund­ing will be in Fe­bru­ary or March next year.

‘‘One hun­dred per cent of the money is go­ing to char­ity and the money is stay­ing lo­cal,’’ he said.

Carl Slade

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