Flying start to cinema fundraiser
HUMBLED and amazed.
That's how members of the volunteer committee that runs the Kyogle Community Cinema are feeling two months into a fundraising campaign to raise $55,000 to buy a digital projection system.
So far the community has raised $16,000 and with at least three fundraisers planned in coming weeks, the committee is hoping the total will hit the $20,000 mark before the end of March.
The cinema, run by the community for the community, must buy the new projection system to be able to show new-release films and remain viable.
Committee member Joan Hayman said the response by the people of Kyogle and Casino to the fundraising appeal had been "amazing".
"We've always been optimistic about raising the $55,000, even though it is a considerable amount of money," she said.
"But even we have been overwhelmed by the community response.
"It's been amazing and we're all quite humbled by it.
"One event alone - a barefoot bowls day organised by the Kyogle Bowling Club - raised more than $4000, thanks in part to the 55 businesses from Kyogle and Casino, which donated raffle prizes and goods for an auction on the day."
Another fundraiser at the Casino greyhounds raised $450 and a Kyogle businessman donated another $500.
"With all the money raised so far and the pledges we've received - but which are still to come in - we have in the vicinity of $16,000," Mrs Hayman said.
"Everywhere I go in Kyogle and Casino, everyone says they don't want to see the cinema shut, it must stay open."
She said the Casino Travel Shoppe donated a $1000 travel gift voucher for a raffle.
The next fundraiser will be a trash and treasure sale at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Supper Room on Saturday.
Items already donated to the sale included an antique wall mirror, a gas two-burner barbecue, a foot spa, jewellery and books.
Other events planned for the month include:
- An afternoon of music, featuring the Northern Rivers Big Band and soloists Jim Fairfull and Laura Nobel, at the Kyogle Bowling Club on Sunday, March 17 from 2pm
- A Rock The Cinema event, featuring Lil' Fi, on March 23, at the cinema.