JUST DANCE: The students and teachers of Just Dance! Richmond Valley attending their dress rehearsal last November. They are hoping to raise money for Coraki Youth Hall through social site Community Engine.
JUST DANCE: The students and teachers of Just Dance! Richmond Valley attending their dress rehearsal last November. They are hoping to raise money for Coraki Youth Hall through social site Community Engine. Jai Tuck

Dance group in fundraising bid

JUST Dance! Richmond Valley is one of 63 businesses and 95 not-for-profit groups that have signed up to raise money through Community Engine's $100,000 giveaway.

The dance group is aiming to raise money for Coraki Youth Hall by getting people to follow them on the social commerce website.

"We're trying to get a bit of money to help get the hall in a better condition," said Tammy Smith from Just Dance!

"The floor needs resurfacing and the toilets need doing.

"Our aim is to make recreational dance accessible to all children in the Woodburn and Coraki districts by providing economical classes in a fun and safe environment. The kids just love it."

communityengine.com.au is a social marketplace where small businesses and community groups can "connect, communicate and transact with their supporters", according to their website.

They have launched a successful pilot in the Northern Rivers and to say thanks for hosting the program, Community Engine is giving away $100,000 to local not-for-profit groups.

"Any new followers of Northern Rivers organisations on the engine attract $1 each," Dean Power, who heads up Community Engine's Northern Rivers branch, said.

"So we encourage groups to claim your profile and ask people to follow you.

"It's all free and takes no time at all. If you're a not-for-profit group you keep the money, if you're a business you can donate the money you raise to your favourite group.

"It's been a joy connecting locals, as so many had previously felt that e-commerce or even having a web presence were beyond their reach."

Mr Power said the Northern Rivers was chosen to start the engine because people in the area have held onto their village values.

"We are about putting business into the community and putting community back into business," he said.

"The tool is free to use, with only a small fee for processing payments (4.5% for community groups, 6.5% for business)."

DONATE

To raise money, go to communityengine.com.au/

giveaway or call 1300 266 686 or email hello@communityengine.

com.au.



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