Soul Soup a creative community fundraiser

Rebecca Mauger




Your Community Voice

Likened to a “community Shark Tank”, Soul Soup is a fundraising initiative set to warm the soul of community groups and organisations. The KaiGo team have come up with a creative and fun way to fundraise for groups in the area, and to break bread together. Soul Soup is a crowdfunding initiative which aims to bring community ideas to life. The plan is for people or businesses to pay $10 or more at the door — which is put into a basket — and listen to three groups pitch their ideas. Soup is served and guests vote for their favourite idea. The winning group takes home the money collected at the door. “This is a creative way to pitch ideas without having to survey people or hold meetings,” says Katikati Taiao manager Sharaine Steenberg. “We create a platform where anyone in the community that has a project or initiative can come forward — whether it’s a local football club, musician or the local scouts travelling to Australia.” It’s a great way for the community to support what’s important to them, she says. “This way we can do fundraising for the community, by the community.” KaiGo’s first Soul Soup event will be on September 1. Groups pitching their projects will be Katikati Toy Library, Katikati Community Baptist Church for a school youth worker and Kura Kai. KaiGo borrowed the initial idea from Ka Pai Carterton.