Excellent result on the Pallet PavilionWILL HARVIE
Gap Filler has raised the $80,000 it needs to keep the Pallet Pavilion going for another year. It's an excellent result, but the organisation needs more subscriptions because the costs of running a PledgeMe.co.nz campaign and other expenses mean Gap Filler really needs $90,000.
At 8am Friday, the group needed about another $9000 by 6pm Saturday night.
Public subscriptions are an old tradition in Christchurch. The pier at New Brighton, Mona Vale and even a little-known garden called Ashgrove Reserve, near Cracroft, were all paid for in part by public subscriptions.
There are other examples all over the province.
What's different with the Pallet Pavilion is the high techy-sounding crowdfunding via a website. But the public sentiment to donate cash is as old as Christchurch and perhaps as old as cash.
Still, you have to admire Gap Filler's ability to tap into Cantabrian's generous nature.
As of Friday morning, 853 donors had contributed an average of $95. And in less than one month.
If you haven't seen the magnificence that is the Pallet Pavilion, you've now got another year to visit. It really is worthwhile.
- The Press