Our local community has dug deep and raised $80,000 in 22 days to save Thirroul’s Flame Tree Co-op.
The co-op launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to move to larger premises following a change in their lease conditions, and the desire to expand their offerings.
A total of $80,922 has been collected from 416 supporters, with half of all donations coming from non-members!
The Pozible campaign meant no funds were released unless the $78,000 target was met.
Co-director Paul Spencer says the campaign climbed steadily, and peaked on the second last day. “The turning point was when people realised staying put was not an option,” he says. “That changed it from being a nice idea to actusllysaving the co-op.”
Flame Tree Co-op was founded in 2007 and has been operating in Thirroul since 2010, stocking organic and locally-grown produce. It has more than 500 active members.
They’ve signed the lease on the new premises, over the road from the current store in the old Aminya Spa space, and fitout plans are now being reviewed.
Co-director Helen Piper says now is the time for locals to sign up as members, to receive a 10% discount.
“We are aware people dug deep to get this campaign across the line,” she says. “So we want to thank everyone who pledged money and gave generously of their time. We’re just a little community organisation run mostly by volunteers, and with everyone’s help, we made it!”
Photos thanks to Flame Tree Facebook