Steady start to PO project funding
It’s been a steady rather than spectacular start to the crowd funding campaign to keep Te Puke’s postal services where they are.
Last week Te Puke Centre Working Group launched a Pledgeme campaign with a target of $50,000 that would then be used to buy the postal and bill paying services.
The services would be run as a social enterprise that would support an information and visitor centre in the same building
“We’ve done the sums and at the moment, the average pledge is around $150 per person,” says working group chairwoman Karen Summerhays.
There has also been one pledge of $1000.
“We have had lots of verbal encouragement and emails saying ‘great job, it’s good thing to do’. It’s just a bit of a challenge to convert that into money. But we are confident that people will see the benefit of it.”
Karen says TECT cheques will shortly be issued and encourages people to consider a pledge for some or all of the cheques. The planned information and visitor centre would not duplicate existing services but would establish a professional, neutral and central shared space supporting the community, visitors and local industries through information, connections and community development.
The group has until November 25 to meet its target. Go to www.Pledgeme.co.nz under Save the Te Puke Post Office or come to Te Puke Times office, Anann Bar, National MPs’ office or Te Puke Stihl Shop to leave a form.
The Pledgeme campaign to keep Te Puke Post Shop in its current location was launched last week.