The Co-op will be moving to a larger shop on the other side of Lawrence Hargrave Drive in January 2018 after a successful crowdfunding campaign raised more than $80,000 in 22 days!
The final campaign week saw record sales, many sold-out items in the shop, and support from business and community members.
- A total of $80,922 was raised from 416 supporters, exceeding the $78,000 target
- Half of all donations came from non-members
- As a percentage of cash value, 60% came from members and 40% from non-members
- 79 new memberships were taken out
We started off moderately strong, then crawled along very low except for one day where we got a spike, then climbed steadily over the final week until it peaked very high on the second last day said Co-director Paul Spencer.
A turning point was when we started to get through to people that staying put was not an option and making the move was necessary. That changed it from a nice idea to a real save-the-Co-op moment.
The Co-op was founded in late October 2007 and began trading in February 2010. We have more than 500 active members and stock local and organic produce. The Co-ops volunteer directors launched the Pozible campaign after unfavourable lease conditions forced them to look for new digs.
Fitout plans are now before Wollongong Council, with the new shop set to open in the old Aminya Spa site on the other side of Lawrence Hargrave Drive in little Thirroul in mid January.
The Co-op’s directors would like to send a sincere Thank You to all of the people whopledged money and gave so generously of their time and skillsto get this campaign across the line.
Were just a little community organisation run mostly by volunteers and with everyones help, we made it!
Keep an eye on the Co-op’s Social Media accounts for regular updates on the move and what’s happening in the shop.