As part of its quest to raise more than $500,000 in 2012, the Buderim Foundation is working with University of the Sunshine Coast students to challenge neighbours to work together to make an everlasting contribution to the community.
The ‘Street by Street Challenge’ will be launched with a special fundraising showcase organised by the students. The event will feature ideas that street communities could use to make a joint contribution.
The Buderim Foundation’s B150 Community Challenge, part of the 150th birthday celebrations of Buderim, aims to raise money to take their investment fund to $1million. This would enable the organisation to distribute more grants to a wide range of Buderim community groups.
Buderim Foundation Chair Professor Paul Clark said with all donations over $2000 to be acknowledged on a commemorative plaque, the new ‘Street by Street Challenge’ was an opportunity for street communities to work together and collectively make a donation and be acknowledged.
To inspire neighbours to pool their resources and have some fun as they fundraise, the ‘Street by Street Challenge Fundraising Showcase’ will demonstrate different fundraising ideas from raffles and jumble sales to bake sales, live entertainment and the good old-fashioned lemonade stand.
Student group mentor, Reflected Image PRoductions Public Relations Director Michelle Smytheman said using any or a combination of the fundraising ideas available at the Fair would not only help the communities raise funds but also help neighbours get to know each other more and have some fun.
“The idea is that the Showcase will provide inspiration for people to go off and fundraise in their own street using whatever activities work best for them, whether that be a bake sale and lemonade stand, children’s fun activities, car wash or even just a collection if people are too busy,” she said.
The ‘Street by Street Challenge’ Fundraising Showcase will be held on Saturday, 19 May at the Buderim War Memorial Community Association (BWMCA) Hall from 10am to 1pm.
Not only will it be a morning of fun for the whole family, with music, food and drinks, raffles, carwash, kids activities and more, the event will also provide the community with simple and fun examples for fundraising.
Buderim residents will be encouraged to sign up on the day, as a street coordinator for their street. Coordinators will be provided with fundraising kits and resources to assist them in their efforts.
The Buderim Foundaiton is a not for profit community foundation that aims to enrich and enhance the quality of life of Buderim’s residents by generating income from donations and using the income to provide grants for worthwhile community projects
Since its launch eight years ago, the Foundation has raised $450,000 and aims to reach the $1,000,000 mark in just one year.