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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....