A Springboard online fundraising campaign that ended earlier this month has broken all previous records.
Springboard’s Fund a Brighter Future campaign for vulnerable youth raised $276,812, comfortably eclipsing last year’s total of $256,000.
The big amount came as a surprise to Springboard director Gary Diprose, who felt last year’s total would be tough to beat due to the difficulties imposed by a Covid lockdown.
Gary was able to bolster last year’s online campaign with face-to-face meetings with businesses and supporters, something that proved impossible this year.
But he says Springboard’s taking over of iconic tourist attraction Sheepworld has generated even more enthusiasm for the work of the organisation.
Sheepworld will enable young people to learn skills such as horticulture, sheep shearing, retailing and hospitality.
In addition, Gary says people have been able to see the impact of previous fundraising efforts, which has boosted community confidence.
These include funding of a car to help young people secure their driver’s licence, a methamphetamine education programme and a boxing academy.
This year’s fundraising effort was further boosted by Kennards Hire and Northwood Developments, who contributed $125,000 to the final total.