The bid to save Dunedin’s Cadbury factory is off to a strong start, after pledges worth more than $450,000 poured on the first day.
Jim O’Malley, a Dunedin city councillor, said he “really happy” with the public response, a day after unveiling a plan to raise $20 million to keep the Cadbury factory open on a portion of the site.
The plan involved a public share offer, proceeded by a two-week pledge period designed to gauge interest by inviting the public to indicate potential financial support.
Yesterday, Mr O’Malley said about 420 pledges, together worth about $450,000, had been received by 2.30pm. More were coming in at a rate of about $100,000 an hour.
The total received was expected to be “well over” $500,000, and rising, by last night, he said.
The pledges ranged in size from $50 to $50,000 and had come from New Zealand and as far away as Australia and the United States, he said.
Several “wealthy individuals”, whom Mr O’Malley would not name, had also indicated they were interested in discussing a future contribution. The pledges were non-binding, but those making them had been asked to do so only if they intended to invest in the future, he said. The results so far were “pretty exciting”. Otago Daily Times