Ku-ring-gai Monopoly passes go and collects

A version of the Monopoly board game set in Ku-Ring-Gai, New South Wales, sold out within months of being launched late last year, raising $84,227.

Coordinated by local Bendigo Bank branches, 2000 copies of Ku-ring-gai Monopoly were produced and sold as a way of raising funds for deserving local organisations.

Ku-ring-gai Council supported the initiative with a sponsorship of $10,000 and this, combined with sales and other sponsorships produced funds of $84,227 to be distributed to local charities and community organisations.

Among those organisations to benefit from the fundraiser were Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury, St Lucy’s School Wahroonga, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter and KYDS Youth Development Service.

Local schools that helped promote sales of the board game will also receive around $1500.

Money not yet allocated will be distributed under a new program called the Community Chest Grant Program.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the fundraising initiative had been very successful.

“I congratulate everyone involved and thank those in the community who got behind the idea and bought a copy of the game.

“It’s been an outstanding success from a fundraising point of view.”