With the presence of COVID-19 continuing to impact the Community Fundraising and Events space, we successfully adapted online through our new Community Fundraising website. In total, the Community Fundraising and Events portfolio raised $3,623,973 in the 2020/21 financial year.
Our Community Fundraising website hosted a range of events and activities including 34 Vinnies School Sleepouts , eight Vinnies Community Sleepouts (raising over $31,000) and other miscellaneous activities throughout the community.
We were so excited to promote our website across regional NSW and in doing so, 40 of our conferences set up personalised fundraising pages, either in support of their Christmas and Winter Appeals or to replace the donations that would usually be collected at regular church services. This was in addition to the use the of tap and go payment machines, allowing conferences to continue their fundraising activities within their parish and community.
Also impacted by the pandemic, the 2020 Vinnies Community Sleepouts were held virtually for the first time, with each location joining together on the night via live-stream. Overall, the event raised more than $324,000 from sleepouts in Western Sydney, Maitland, Armidale, Murrumbidgee, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Tweed Heads, Albury, Central Coast, Tamworth, Deniliquin, and Broken Hill.
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout evolved once again into a state-wide hybrid event, with great success. Thanks to the support of 556 participants, we were able to set a new record result of $3,155,000.