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CSTS2016-PatchPlanning for Can’t Stop the Serenity Melbourne 2016 has begun! We’re aiming to make this year’s event our best yet, and to do that we need your help!

Do you have any goodies that you’d like to rehome? We are on the hunt for donations of shiny swag for our auctions and raffles. So if you’ve got something you’d like to donate, please let us know!

Proceeds from our CSTS fundraising activities will be donated to Equality Now and WIRE (Women’s Information & Referral Exchange).

You can contact us on facebook or send us a wave at csts@newmelbournebrowncoats.com.

UPDATE: Event is now SOLD OUT.

Picture3Get your geek on for a good cause! Don’t know much about Firefly/Serenity? That’s ok, there are rounds on pop culture too! And all the proceeds support W.I.R.E (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange). So find a crew or be a mercenary (we’ll assign you to crews who are short on bodies) and join us as we head out to the black.

When: Saturday 21 May 2016 from 4-7pm (Trivia will commence at 4:30pm)

Where: Alchemist’s Refuge, 328 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne (http://www.alchemistsrefuge.com.au/). Venue is licensed, so patrons must be 18+ unless accompanied by a parent or guardian – ID will be checked.

Tickets: $10 per person, or book at a table of 5 for $50. Only 50 seats available, so book fast!
Ticket sales close on Friday 20 May 2016 (unless sold out earlier).

The trivia challenge will consist of 4 Rounds:
Round 1 – Small Screen (TV & Webseries)
Round 2 – All things Whedonverse
Round 3 – Firefly & Serenity Feature Round!
Round 4 – Big Screen (Sci-Fi & Pop Culture Movies)

Prizes will be awarded for first and second place, and there’ll be a consolation prize for the team who comes in last. We’ll also be holding a raffle and mini-auction, so make sure you’ve got some cashy money on hand!

For more information about W.I.R.E. visit http://www.wire.org.au/

We are pleased to share that we have recently made donations to three wonderful charities. These donations bring our total charity donation for 2015 to $16,392.31 and $56,884.56 since we incorporated as a non-profit organisation in 2011.

FareShare received a donation of $2,000, bringing our 2015 donation to $5,000. This donation is thanks to all of you wonderful Browncoats who have supported our Browncoat Booth.

Fitted for Work received a donation of $2,000, bringing our 2015 donation to $5,000. This donation is thanks to all of you wonderful Browncoats who have supported our Browncoat Booth.

Mothers Supporting Families in Need (MSFIN) received a donation of $250. This donation is thanks to everyone who supported our online Autograph sale.

For more information on these charities and our other donations, please visit our Doing Good Works page.

We’re proud to be supporting The Smith Family with our regular sponsorship, and we hope you’ll join us by donating to The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal!

We’ll be setting up a collection at the End of Year BBQ on November 28, so please bring along an unwrapped new toy* or book suitable for a child or young person (5-18) so that we can spread the joy this Christmas.

The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is an opportunity to help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child’s face this Christmas. Sadly, many children living in financial disadvantage will not receive a gift this Christmas.

The Smith Family has a long and proud association with Christmas. The organisation was founded in 1922 when five businessmen decided to deliver toys to orphans on Christmas Eve. This year, with your help, The Smith Family aims to deliver more than 36,000 new toys and 23,500 new books to children in need around Australia.

This gesture of goodwill ensures that all Australian families can come together at Christmas to share gifts and celebrate life. The Smith Family continues to provide opportunities for disadvantaged Australians to participate fully in society and we believe that Christmas is a time when all Australians should feel they belong, regardless of circumstances.

You can also donate via The Smith Family’s website.

* If donating a toy that requires batteries, please donate these also as often the receiving families do not have the extra income to spend on these.

NMB Membership makes a great Christmas gift (for yourself or someone else). Join up this month and get the rest of 2015 free!

Buy a 2016 Membership during the month of November and you’ll get a free 2015 dogtag with your 2016 Member Pack.

Memberships help us to cover operating costs, as well as our annual Smith Family sponsorship. Get in quick as 2015 dog tags are limited!

Get yours today at www.newmelbournebrowncoats.com/store!