Wangaratta Chronicle

Inspiring event is looking to help bankroll local projects

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AN event where three selected charities will take to the stage and “pitch” their project to the audience for a share of over $30,000 in grants, plus donations from the crowd, will be held at the Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre on November 26.

The first event of its type to be held in the rural city, but one which has been successful­ly rolled out in many other towns, the Give Wangaratta Pitch Up and Grant Awards Night is designed to promote philanthro­py and community support for inspiring charitable initiative­s.

Give Wangaratta fund manager Sarah Thompson said deciding on who would finally take to the stage at what promises to be an exciting and uplifting community event, was a tough call.

“We’ve taken a lot of applicatio­ns to pitch on the night and have made the tough decision to select three charitable causes who have shown great potential for impacting the lives of children, youth, and families in Wangaratta,” she said.

“While we want to leave some mystery about the specifics of the projects they will pitch, I would like to congratula­te Upper Murray Family Care, Pangerang Community House, and Alpine Valleys Community Leadership for their successful applicatio­ns.”

Give Wangaratta is a charitable fund created by Into Our Hands Foundation for the people, community groups, and the local nonprofits striving to build a better future for Wangaratta locals.

Ms Thompson said it’s hoped Pitch Up will be the first of many future events to raise awareness, and it was an exciting way to award deserving recipients much needed funds, with no one going home empty handed and important local initiative­s receiving a welldeserv­ed boost.

“It’s been a lot of work rallying local businesses, donors and community groups, but all are supportive of the fund and can see how the concept can lead to great things happening in our community,” Ms Thompson said.

“It’s been moving to see just how many businesses, individual­s and families in the Wangaratta community want to give back to this great town.

“Pitch Up is going to be an inspiratio­nal night for both those that want to give to local projects, and those that are interested in applying for future grants - it’s going to change the lives of locals.”

Secretary for Give Wangaratta, Ruth Kneebone, said she was also encouraged by the community support received so far and optimistic about its long term future.

“We are really pleased with the response so far and the fact people understand why this community fundraisin­g approach is needed,” she said.

“We hope many more business donors will come on board to help get the fund to a position that it can independen­tly and sustainabl­y offer grants for future Wangaratta-based projects.”

The Give Wangaratta Pitch Up and Grant Awards Night, a fully catered event, will be held at the Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre on Tuesday, November 26 from 5.30pm and everyone is welcome.

Tickets are available by visiting www.eventbrite. com.au.

 ?? PHOTO: Mel Guy ?? TEAM EFFORT: Among those supporting Give Wangaratta Pitch Up are Into Our Hands director John Bailey and executive officer Sarah Thompson, Upper Murray Family Care’s Steve Thompson, Into Our Hands board member and vice chair Ruth Kneebone and Alpine Valleys Community Leadership executive officer Anthony Brophy.
PHOTO: Mel Guy TEAM EFFORT: Among those supporting Give Wangaratta Pitch Up are Into Our Hands director John Bailey and executive officer Sarah Thompson, Upper Murray Family Care’s Steve Thompson, Into Our Hands board member and vice chair Ruth Kneebone and Alpine Valleys Community Leadership executive officer Anthony Brophy.

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