The Loose Change Sponsorship Scheme
The Loose Change Sponsorship Scheme [Loose Change] was established in January 2012 by Sheryl Taylor, a primary school teacher living in Melbourne. Loose Change is a community-based, not-for-profit charity that supports the New Outlook Centre Tanzania [NOCET], a small orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania. Tanzania is on the east coast of Africa, between Kenya [to the north], and Mozambique [to the south].
Loose Change is registered with the Victorian Department of Justice as a fund-raising organisation. Sheryl raises money through monthly or annual sponsorship, as well as donations and other fund-raising activities. A number of community organisations also collect loose change at their meetings and bank this money for Loose Change. Sponsors are family, friends, colleagues, social and community groups.
The fundamental operating principles for Loose Change are:
> No overheads
> As close to 100% of the money collected goes directly to benefit NOCET
> All sponsors are informed as to how and when donated money is spent.
Founder of the Loose Change Sponsorship Scheme
Some Eastwood PS students took the initiative to host a garage sale, with money raised going to Loose Change.
Sheryl gave a presentation to students at Camberwell High School – these students donated money for a TV for NOCET.
Open Garden fund-raiser – the combination of an absolutely gorgeous garden and perfect weather, attracted many visitors.
Open Garden fund-raiser – Sheryl talked about the work of Loose Change.
Pyjama Day at Eastwood PS – a gold coin donation went towards purchasing a bed for Joyce.
Eastwood August 2013 fund-raising – Sheryl with some of the money collected by the Eastwood PS community.
Eastwood August 2013 fund-raising – we almost broke the coin-counting machine at our bank!
Eastwood August 2013 fund-raising – one week of coin!
The U3A Croydon Tuesday Quilting Group holding up some of the quilts that were delivered to Joyce and the kids in September 2013.
Sheryl’s grandson Lachlan [far right] leads the walkathon group out. Lachlan is one of a group of students who organised this fund-raising event, held at his school in Ringwood [April 2014]
The full Grade 5 NOCET Walkathon group, with their teachers. The children who organised this event are at front [April 2013]
Your loose change goes a long way