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Members of the Kollege of Knowledge
Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) hope to raise as
much as $15,000 for special needs children
through the April 3 e ve nt.
WORDS JACKIE MEYERS : MAIN IMAGE CORINNE DANY
A GROUP of Highlands businessmen have set their sights on lining the main
street of Bowral with money. And they are looking to the community to
support their Kilometre of Koins initiative.
Members of the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) hope to
raise as much as $15,000 for special needs children through the April 3 event.
It will be the latest e ort of the organisation, which has provided about
$1.5 million to special needs children since the KKKK was formed more than
20 years ago.
This has included taking youngsters with cystic brosis on annual holidays lled
with fun and adventure, to medical support or setting up play equipment for
special needs children in many schools in the region.
Leading the latest fundraising charge are the two remaining original members of
the charity Nick Campbell-Jones and Tony Springett.
They are scraping up spare change and emptying coin jars to kick o what they
hope will be a line of side by side coins that extends the length of Bong Bong
Street, Bowral, and back again.
The coin line will begin at the Magnet Mart intersection and continue south to
the corner of Bong Bong and Bowral Streets before returning to the starting point.
The KKKK members invite everyone in the community to contribute to the
Kilometre of Koins and are also looking for volunteers to keep a watchful eye on
the money trail.
Businesses in Bowral's main street are also invited to pledge their nancial
support. In fact, any business to make a contribution to the cause will be
highlighted in the fundraising campaign with a sign in their shopfront window
that says "this shop proudly sponsors KKKK".
Nick and Tony said the fundraising idea was inspired by a similar concept
conducted in Goulburn last year. "That event struck a bit of bad luck when it was
held on a very cold day, but they still raised about $8000," Tony said. "I'd like to
think we can raise about $15,000."
The Kilometre of Koins is the latest fundraising activity oated by the KKKK. The
ever-popular annual Gentlemen's Lunch has always been a huge success for the
charity. "There are a lot of generous people out there," Nick said. "We raised about
$60,000 in about four hours at last year's luncheon."
The generosity of those in attendance is without doubt when even a budgerigar
fetches more than $1000 at auction. "We auction a budgie every year and it always
gets bids of more than $1000," Nick said.
Both Nick and Tony agree that a lot of fun is had at the various fundraising
events, but they never lose sight of the inspiration behind the KKKK. >
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