Crowd-funding event enjoys overwhelming results
SOUTH Burnett organisations were overwhelmed with the financial support they received after pitching their visions during last night's Red Pitch event.
Members of South Burnett Community Orchestra and woman's woodworking workshops, She Can reBuild pitched their ideas Tuesday night in front of a group of community-minded residents.
The event, hosted by Red Earth Community Foundation was an astounding success with close to $10,000 raised from the evening from 40 different pledges.
Red Earth Board Director, John Carey was overwhelmed at the response from the inaugural Red Pitch event.
"We thought about how can we make our infrastructure available to the community,” he said.
"We are all about community working for the benefit of community.”
The idea behind the Red Pitch event is that generous South Burnett residents attend the event, listen to the story from the organisers and see if that aligns with their values.
Red Earth was so confident in this project they put $3000 into the pool of pledges.
"We wanted to be able to start our philanthropic giving by creating a basis for givers to form a relationship with local organisation,” Mr Carey said.
"We proved last night that the South Burnett really is a generous region.”
Erin Jeffs and Beck Cross from She Can reBuild were astounded with the outcome of pledges totalling more than $4000 raised for their organisation in one evening.
"It was really amazing, we weren't expecting anything like that,” Ms Cross said.
Red Earth chairwoman, Georgie Somerset was impressed with both pitches which she said were filled with passion for helping others.
"They were pitches from the heart,” she said.
"It wasn't about a big PowerPoint presentation, it was about making a difference in other people's lives.”
South Burnett Community Orchestra representatives, Andrew Maddern and Jane Kennedy said the $5300 raised for their organisation meant they could put some of their projects into action.
"We are opening up free tuition through workshops with professional musicians to anyone who wants to learn an instrument or pick it up again,” Ms Kennedy said.
The community orchestra president said living in a regional area can make it hard for musicians to access quality tuition.
"You just don't get access to professional tuition, it's expensive,” she said.
"We have the means to get them here, we just needed the financial support.”
As well as the money raised, the organisations were gifted in-kind donations of materials and various services to assist with their projects.
"We received donations of wood, materials, pallets, a promotional video and marketing and assistance from Hansen Kitchens,” Ms Cross said.
Prior to their pitches, both organisation's spokespeople were feeling the nerves about presenting to the crowd.
"I might need another wine,” Ms Cross said.
"I have written down some notes on the back of an envelope.”
Ms Somerset said while the pitches have completed, now the real works starts.
"Our job in the next few months is to make sure the organisations follow through with the projects,” she said.
On the back of the success of the inaugural Red Pitch event, Mr Carey said he was looking forward to strong growth into the future.
"People will now understand what the event is capable of,” he said.
The event organisers invited other organisations to begin planning how they can get involved for next year's events.
"We are encouraging organisations to start to think about a project that they might like to pitch for the next Red Pitch event,” Ms Somerset said.