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NEWS.com.au readers have raised more than $3600 to help the children of Fote in the Solomon Islands in our "Adopt a Village" crowdfunding project.
The sum achieves the first four targets and gives the kids a Christmas celebration with a movie screening under the stars as well as buying much needed sporting equipment, art supplies and new library books for their falling down school.
By 3.30pm yesterday the total had hit $2522 from 98 individual donations, with most giving between $10 and $20.
By the same time today the total was at $3680 from 136 donations.
Crowdfunding is a means to raise money through the networking powers of the web and gives even the smallest donations real power. It has been effective in – amongst other things – helping put Barack Obama in the White House.
This year’s Christmas drive is being organised through the work of charity Little and LOUD, which was started earlier this year by three young women determined to make a difference after visiting the island settlement.
Little and LOUD communications director Michelle Roldan, 25, said the media partnership with News.com.au had been vital to kickstarting the project which aims to raise $10,000 before the team head back to the village on December 20 with their Christmas gifts.
“The support has been overwhelming,” Ms Roldan, 25, said. “We didn’t expect to hit our first milestone on the first day.
“It’s been really inspiring to have people supporting us like this and just wants to make us push on more.”
The first target of $500 was reached by 11am on Tuesday - just hours of the campaign was launched on News.com.au, allowing Little and LOUD the money to buy sporting equipment for the children.
By 4pm $1000 had been passed adding art supplies and by midnight with the $2000 barrier cracked, new library books were on the Christmas shopping list.
Donations have continued today heading towards the next target and halfway mark of $5000 needed to put desks and chairs in the classroom.
Donations can be made through Little and LOUD’s secure PayPal account using the button on news.com.au’s Adopt a Village interactive above or through our special section here.
You can also transfer money to their Westpac account in the name "Little and Loud International Incorporation", account number 202754 and BSB: 032-040