The final figures are in. Heaps Decent raised just over a whopping $18,000 thanks to all the wonderful people who donated at Fuzzy events over the New Year period and to Fuzzy for allowing us to collect donations from their guests!
Shore Thing at Bondi Beach on New Years Eve and Field Day in the Domain on New Years Day definitely proved to be fantastic days not only for festival punters but also for Heaps Decent. The Heaps Decent banners flew high at the entry gates, the guest ticket lanes were packed and eager complimentary ticket holders had their $20 donations ready to go. Complimentary ticket holders were not only keen to donate, with some super generous punters donating far above the requested $20, many were also keen to have a chat with our awesome volunteers and find out more about the work Heaps Decent does.
The funds raised will go directly towards the operational costs of Heaps Decent that we simply could not function without, supporting our work with at-risk young people and emerging artists from Sydney and regional and remote NSW. The donations fund our weekly drop-in music production workshop at Redfern, monthly workshop series targeting at-risk young people in Wagga Wagga, regular workshops at Juvenile Justice Centres in NSW and a new quarterly project in the remote community of Wilcannia in far northwest NSW.
Every year our benefactor Fuzzy allows us to collect a $20 donation from each of the complimentary ticket holders that attend their events through an initiative known as the Cash For Comp scheme. Over the past three years the scheme has enabled Heaps Decent to raise over $200,000! Heaps Decent is very grateful to all those that donated over the New Year period, the amazing Heaps Decent volunteers who collected the donations and of course to Fuzzy for allowing this initiative to happen.