MS group inaugural fundraising recipient
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.