Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Save Centre for Ecological Learning campaign

28 Jun

Well….it takes a community to save a community group 🙂

Thanks to those of you who immediately pointed out that our link to the Save CEL GiveNow campaign was wrong. The correct link is

Apologies for the extra email – as always, we appreciate your understanding and support!

Hello friends,

This is a call for help.

The Centre for Ecological Learning (CEL) is in a contradictory situation. On one hand, our projects are richer and more far reaching than they have ever been since we began 10 years ago. But on the other hand, the Board of Directors is considering folding the organisation due to lack of funds. 

Why don’t we want to do that? Because this is what CEL does:

These initiatives involve hundreds of people each year, from all ages and from many different communities.

One of our supporters described CEL as a “many armed octopus”. This is true, but right now the octopus needs a stable head. We have estimated that if we can raise about $30,000 for 2018-2019 CEL activities and administration, this will enable us to move into the next stage of long term sustainability. In other words, we need to invest in CEL in order for it to thrive.

Over the last ten years, EYE/CEL has won more than $370,000 in grant funds – but grants have all but dried up for all environmentally or socially active organisations in the current political era. It’s a sad but true fact that we now have to rely on individuals to help groups like CEL continue our really important work in this world.

Okay – so how can you help? You can…

  • Come to the inaugural gathering of the Save CEL Fundraising Group on Tuesday, 3 July at 5:30 pm at the Bellingen Sustainability Centre  – all skill sets welcome!
  • Make a donation to CEL via our GiveNow campaign– all donations are tax-deductible, and can be one off donations or periodic donations.
  • Spread the word…. to anyone who may want to make a donation or help us with fundraising.
  • Contact us with any ideas or suggestions – we are all ears!

Thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing from you – we are happy to answer any questions or have a chat about any of the above. Please contact me at or 0423 362 844.

For the earth, and for the long life of CEL.

Lisa Siegel
On behalf of the CEL Board of Directors

Donate via our GiveNow campaign