Leamington performance project highlighting climate change appeals for support - The Leamington Observer

Leamington performance project highlighting climate change appeals for support

ORGANISERS of a performance project which aims to help fight climate change is appealing to Leamington residents to support its crowdfunder.

Community project For The Love Of Stuff is taking part in a competition – organised by Marks & Spencer Energy and the Crowdfunder platform – to raise money for outdoor performances which aim to highlight the urgency for action against climate change.

The money will fund creative music and theatre workshops for community groups to open up conversations about the climate crisis.

For The Love Of Stuff is competing with other environmental community projects across the country to raise money online through Crowdfunder.

Marks & Spencer has committed up to £50,000 – with up to £2,500 available for each group – in support for environmental projects across England, but with match funding offered on a first come, first serve basis to the projects, the race is on For The Love Of Stuff to raise as much as they can before their crowdfunding period ends on December 24.

So far, £485 has been raised out of a £2,500 target and For The Love Of Stuff is appealing to the supporters for help to raise more so it can secure the maximum funding from M&S and make its environment-supporting project a reality.

Project director Sioda Adams said: “We are so grateful for the support that we’ve received so far from our local community, Marks & Spencer and Crowdfunder. The money we’re raising will help ensure we can deliver on our project to inspire action for change through our outdoor theatre work, whilst also helping to do the right thing by the environment. The more that we can raise from local supporters, the higher the match funding we’ll receive from M&S, so we’re now in a race against time to raise awareness about For The Love Of Stuff and secure as many community contributions as possible before our Crowdfunding period ends on 24th December at 5pm.”

This is the fourth year M&S Energy has joined forces with Crowdfunder to launch the M&S Energy Community Fund Competition.

Community groups across England were chosen based on their commitment to being environmentally conscious and installing renewable technology or energy efficiency measures to help people lead lower carbon lives.

Project aims can include reducing the use of or increasing recycling of plastics, tree planting or increasing the use of electric vehicles.

Manager of M&S Energy Dan Miller said: “We are very excited to be supporting For The Love Of Stuff and our shortlisting group were really impressed with their plans which will not only help support their local community, but also the wider environment.

“It’s humbling to see the fantastic work that is going on in communities across the country and we’re really pleased to be able to offer this £50,000 in M&S Energy match funding to our shortlisted groups. We wish them the very best of luck in raising as much as possible so they can bring their ambitious plans to life.”

Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/for-the-love-of-stuff to support the project.

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