How a mystery $2 donation helped Nanango secure new park
WHAT started off as a good idea has now cleared a major hurdle on its way to becoming a reality.
After only 12 months, the money required to establish an all-inclusive playground at the Nanango Butter Factory Park has been raised.
Many people donated their heard-earned cash and valuable time to the worthy cause in order to allow children of all abilities enjoy the park in Nanango.
Passionate fundraiser and Nanango business owner Jane Erkens was proud to announce the $80,000 total required had been raised.
"We are there," Ms Erkens said.
The epic fundraising effort was made more achievable thanks to a generous offer from Heritage Bank.
Ms Erkens praised Heritage Bank, which confirmed it would donate $3 for every $1 the fundraising group raised.
"They approached us, they could see the benefit," Ms Erkens said.
"What other communities get that offer?"
Raising the money was no small effort, and Ms Erkens and her hardworking friends were the driving force behind the monumental effort.
"It was mainly small things," she said.
"The mower raffle was the biggest thing we did."
But it was one anonymous donation of $2 that touched Ms Erkens' heart most.
"That could have meant to them what $100 was to someone else," Ms Erkens said.
"I don't think it was how much somebody gave, it was that they contributed.
"We had people who are not money-rich, but they gave so much of their time."
Now that the money has been raised, Ms Erkens said it was only a matter of time before work started on the all-inclusive park.
"We have a concept plan, now we will get down to a proper plan," she said.
"Then we have to talk to council.
"I want to make sure we liaise with people who have children that are going to be using the park equipment.
"It would be great to see it ready for Christmas, but I don't know."