We see donations come through every single day; big and small amounts, regular or once off contributions, funds that have been raised from an event or donated for a cause.
Our Finance Manager, Emma Young (pictured above), has been at the forefront of this since she started with Orange Sky more than two years ago. Since then, she has noticed $1 go into our account every fortnight from an anonymous donor – and she has been desperate to find out who it is.
“I’ve always speculated about who it might be and have wondered if we’d ever be able to thank them. All donations, big or small, mean so much to us at Orange Sky. Every little bit counts,” she said.
“The donor had never given us their contact details so we didn’t know exactly who they were… until now!
“We sent out an email as part of our Christmas campaign and I couldn’t believe it when I saw the message in our inbox.”
It turns out the anonymous donor’s name is Alison. She told us that she’s on an Age Pension and has $1 deducted from her bank account every two weeks. She said that giving regularly to someone who deserves it is “good for the soul” and honestly our hearts could not be any fuller right now.
Emma touched base with Alison as soon as she received the message.
“I told that her that we were so excited to receive her email as we’ve noticed her fortnightly donation for years, and just how much it meant to everyone at Orange Sky and our friends on the street,” she said.
“We are so grateful to have people like Alison who believe in what we do and support us however they can.”
You can read Alison’s original message below:
Dear Orange Sky people.
I am on an OAPension and so I automatically (through my bank) donate $1 – I think it’s every month or every fortnight – from my pension. That’s all I can manage. But I encourage others to do the same. It’s not much but the totals add up, and I’ve been doing this for 2-3 years or even more – I’ve forgotten.
I praise you for your idea and work. God Bless. Have a happy Christmas – be careful, enjoy, laugh and share.
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