From Milton Ulladulla Times, Wednesday 22 July 2020
Amazing donation to come the Conjola RFS's way
Conjola Recovery Group member, Peter Dunn, never expected to leave a corporate function with more than $100,000 in the bank.
The funds, raised earlier in the year at the NEXTGEN Leadership Forum, will be used to support projects in the bushfire devastated Conjola area. The Conjola Rural Fire Service will get $50,000 which will go towards essential facility upgrades.
Mr Dunn went to the Brigade station on Sunday to talk about the project and told them how he ended up with such an amazing amount of money. Captain of the Conjola RFS Brigade Clive Turner thanked NEXTGEN for its support.
The NEXTGEN Group runs an annual Leadership Forum attended by over 200 corporate business leaders each year. Chris Ryan, Director of Admin Plus in Ulladulla and a Lake Conjola resident is NEXTGEN’s Credit Manager and used his connections to help get the funds raised for the Brigade.
Mr Dunn and his wife Lindy were invited to attend the Leadership Forum in Sydney and participate alongside keynote speakers Sir Peter Cosgrove and former Commissioner of the NSW RFS Shane Fitzsimmons.
"At the end or the presentations, NEXTGEN Group CEO John Walters stood up and said 'we want you to start emptying your pockets'," Mr Dunn said. Mr Walters then auctioned off seats for a lunch with Sir Peter, Shane Fitzsimmons and Mr Dunn.
"At the end of the bidding they had raised $120,000," Mr Dunn said. A month later $110,000 was officially put into the bank.
"That is a remarkable recovery rate from pledges," Mr Dunn said. The Boleyn Foundation on its own donated $50,000.
Mr Dunn said the end result was $50,000 would go to the Conjola RFS and $50,600 for infrastructure projects for the area. A photo was taken to record this impressive donation and was presented to Captain Turner.