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Pitch Up Wagga Wagga

For-purpose organisations often struggle with funding, volunteers and community awareness, limiting their impact.

Pitch Up Wagga Wagga gives social enterprises and non-profits the chance to tell their stories while raising vital funds to help take their growth to a whole new level.

Now in its second year, the event is a joint venture with The Funding Network Australia partnering with WDF Accounting + Advisory, Macarthur Real Estate Agency and Hume Bank.

2024 Pitch Up Wagga Wagga funding recipients

This year’s funding recipients were Rural Outreach Counselling, Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia (Tumut Program) and Ronald McDonald House Wagga Wagga. A total of $51,400 was raised on the night – an outstanding result!

A closer look 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia (Tumut Program)

Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia (BBBS) transforms lives through early intervention, targeting vulnerable youth, providing positive adult role models for a sense of belonging and self-worth. Their mentoring programs build social connections and support networks in the local community.

Funds raised: $20,040

Ronald McDonald House Wagga Wagga

Ronald McDonald House in Wagga Wagga offers fee-free accommodation for families with sick or injured children, including mothers with high-risk pregnancies. The house provides a supportive home-like environment, aiming to keep families close to the care their child receives.

Funds raised: $17,360

Rural Outreach Counselling

Rural Outreach Counselling (ROC) is a local mental health charity providing diverse support in Wagga Wagga and neighbouring communities. Services include free suicide prevention training through in-person and online workshops. Qualified counsellors travel to offer support outside clinical settings, extending mental health services to towns with limited or no local resources.

Funds raised: $14,000


Where it all started

In 2023 Hume Bank, partnered with The Funding Network Australia, WDF Accounting & Advisory and Macarthur Real Estate to bring Pitch Up Wagga Wagga to life.

The event empowered three local grassroots for-purpose organisations. They shared their stories, raised $72,000 on the night, and expanded their reach and impact in the Wagga Wagga region.

With over 120 attendees and an average donation of $605 per person, this event showcased the potential for community-driven support. And we’re thrilled to throw our support behind the 2024 event.