[Ring, Ring]

Caller: Hello, [Friend’s Name]? It’s [Your Name] calling. How are you today?

Friend: Hi [Your Name]! I’m doing well, thank you. How about yourself?

Caller: I’m great, thank you for asking. I’m actually calling today with some exciting news about a project I’ve been involved in and thought you might be interested in hearing about it.

Friend: Oh, sure! What’s it about?

Caller: Well, I’m part of a group in Castlemaine that’s forming a local cooperative focused on community wealth building. Have you heard about that concept before?

Friend: No, I haven’t. What exactly does it involve?

Caller: Essentially, a cooperative is a democratic legal entity owned and controlled by its members. Our cooperative, specifically, is aiming to promote community ownership of local assets in Castlemaine, which will help create a fair, equitable, and sustainable community.

Friend: That sounds really interesting. How do you plan on achieving that?

Caller: We’re going to implement the Seven Cooperative Principles, which are based on values like self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. By doing so, we’ll be able to work together to build and sustain wealth within our community.

Friend: That’s fantastic! How can I help?

Caller: Well, we’re currently in the process of setting up the cooperative, and there are some costs associated with due diligence and getting everything organized. We’re reaching out to friendly contacts like yourself to see if they’d be willing to make a financial contribution to help cover these initial expenses.

Friend: Absolutely, count me in! How much are you looking to raise?

Caller: Any amount you’re comfortable with would be greatly appreciated. Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal of creating a stronger, more resilient community in Castlemaine.

Friend: Great, I’ll make a donation right away. Just let me know where to send it.

Caller: Thank you so much, [Friend’s Name]! I’ll send you all the details via email shortly. We really appreciate your support for this important initiative.

Friend: No problem at all, [Your Name]. I’m excited to see how the cooperative develops and happy to be a part of it.

Caller: Thanks again, [Friend’s Name]. Take care, and we’ll be in touch soon.

Friend: You too, [Your Name]. Talk to you soon.

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