August 2, 2017
Kingaroy businesswoman Dawn Wolski is no stranger to fundraising but, as she admits, most of the money she has helped raise over the years has left town.
Dawn, who owns the Glendon Street Cafe, was looking for a way to raise money for groups that she knew would use the money in the South Burnett.
She hit on an idea after the South Burnett Rewards “shop local” campaign drew to a close.
The cafe took part in the Council promotion and was one of the winners, taking out the award for “most reward cards scanned”.
Dawn said her customers enjoyed the rewards program and were disappointed when the campaign finished, so she decided to introduce “Tradie” cards as a replacement.
Her new loyalty scheme offers customers a 20 per cent discount but also helps her raise money for charity.
Dawn sells the cards for $10. This money, less a small amount for printing costs, is then set aside for local charities.
“So far I have accumulated $600 in just five weeks,” Dawn told southburnett.com.au
She has already presented $250 to the Ulysses motorcycle club, who have told her they will use the money to help SBcare.
On Tuesday, she presented a cheque for $300 to South Burnett CTC’s Youth and Family Services.
“This will be going straight to emergency relief,” Youth and Family Services manager Kirsten Firman said.
“There is an incredible need in the community and demand on emergency relief.”
Dawn said she hoped she would be able to raise $5000 a year, however she would also continue to support her two favourite charities, the Hear and Say Centre, and Relay For Life.