Local inclusive dance company receives anonymous $100k fund-matching offer
An anonymous donor has made an incredible offer to local inclusive dance company, Touch Compass, promising to donate $100,000 the organisation.
However, there’s a catch: Touch Compass first have to raise $100,000 themselves – and they must do it by August 1, 2015.
The offer came completely out of the blue for Touch Compass, based on Auckland’s North Shore and Chairperson Phil Gibson says the opportunity couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
Touch Compass is New Zealand’s only professional integrated contemporary dance company. Its unique, high-quality performances include dancers with and without disability and the company has won both national and international acclaim for its ground-breaking performances.
The impact that Touch Compass has on the lives of its dancers is profound, offering a chance for individuals living with disabilities to dance, choreograph and undertake lighting and stage duties at a professional level.
“Dancing with Touch Compass has enabled my exploration of physical diversity and further helped me crystallise my ideas of my disability by discovering my body's limitations and possibilities through dance,” says Touch Compass dancer, Tess Connell.
Gibson says raising $100,000 and having it matched by the anonymous donor would be a huge opportunity, allowing Touch Compass to develop more accessible venues, provide direct employment opportunities to dancers and help it reach into regional areas and overseas.
Donations can be made to; http://www.givealittle.co.nz//org/TouchCompass or Touch Company Dance Trust at ASB: 12-3022-0388572-50. Alternatively, cheques can be written out to the above and mailed to:
Touch Compass Dance Company, PO Box 33 1086, Takapuna, Auckland 0740