LGBTI youth camp Camp Out has launched its 2011 fundraising appeal.

Organisers are expecting twice as many young people at this year’s camp, to be held September 26 – October 1, and have budgeted the total cost of the camp at $12,000.

The camp has received $5000 in grant money and expects to collect $2000 in camp fees and raise another $1500 at a charity dinner at Newtown’s Bloodwood restaurant on September 20.

Organisers say they need to raise another $3500 and have appealed for people to donate through the Indigogo crowd-funding website.

Crowd funding is where people make small donations to help an individual or organisation reach a specific funding goal in a set timeframe. Camp Out has just over a month to reach its goal.

Camp Out is the only camp in Australia for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning teens aged 13 – 17. Participants pay what they can afford to attend.

Those unable to provide financial assistance can help Camp Out in other ways such as donating food, sporting equipment, art supplies or other goods for the camp. Contact [email protected] to find out how to lend or donate equipment or supplies.

Tickets for the fundraising dinner are available through www.daisytickets.com

An information day for prospective campers and their parents is being held on Sunday, August 28 from 2.30pm at the Marrickville Youth Resource Centre, corner of Yabsley Ave and Northcote St, Marrickville.

INFO: www.campout.org.au

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