Multiple Sclerosis South Canterbury is the beneficiary of the South Canterbury Impact Club’s first donation.
The club met for the first time in Timaru on Monday night, and with 100 members each donating $100, MS South Canterbury received $10,000.
The Impact Club concept was launched in the United States about a year ago, and the South Canterbury club is the first international chapter.
“It is about local communities working together to improve the lives of people within that community.” – Tony Kerr
The club works on a crowd-funding model, with each member committing to donate $100 four times a year. Each quarter a local charity will receive a $10,000 donation – more if membership grows.
Co-founder Carl Slade said three charities – Alzheimers South Canterbury, the YMCA and MS South Canterbury – each made presentations to club members, who then voted to contribute to MS South Canterbury.
Mr Slade said he was pleased to have hit the 100-member mark in time for the first quarterly meeting, and said he hoped membership would continue to grow, with the next target being 200 members.
The club is expected to meet again in late February or early March.
Multiple Sclerosis South Canterbury chairman Tony Kerr said the organisation was stoked to receive the donation.
“What a great community initiative. It is about local communities working together to improve the lives of people within that community.”
Mr Kerr said MS South Canterbury had not yet decided how the money would be spent.
“It will benefit the people that we support and maybe set up a scholarship to support people with MS in South Canterbury.
“We support over 100 people in South Canterbury, all at various stages of the disease, with ages ranging from their 30s through to their 70s.”