The Air Conditioning History Book project first announced at Wire & Gas 2015 is nearing completion and to support the production and printing of what is a significant record of Australasia’s technical and industrial development, VASA launched a crowdfunding campaign at Wire & Gas 2022.
During a presentation by former VASA CEO Ken Newton and VASA director Mark Mitchell at the Wire & Gas 2022 Gala Dinner, the crowdfunding effort was announced.
“This is kind of a GoFundMe initiative, but it’s a little bit more serious than that,” said Mark Mitchell.
“We’re asking for subscriptions from individuals right up to major corporate sponsorship from $50 up to $10,000. If you want to give us more than 10 grand, that’s absolutely fine.”
A new page on the VASA website has been set up to preview some of the completed chapters and raise money for the project’s completion.
“You can have your name mentioned in the back of this book for as low as $50, right up for corporate sponsorship, we get yourself a full-page piece in the back of the book,” explained Mark Mitchell.
“It is not an opportunity for an advertorial; what we’re saying to the corporate sponsors we’ve already spoken to is it’s an opportunity for a sponsor to outline its values, its mission, its predictions for the future. Maybe a reflection on its own history and perhaps some of the components in the book to give some sort of credible value to the existence of yourself and the industry. And everyone else involved in the book.”
Mark Mitchell said that in return for supporting the project, sponsors will have their recognition and connection with the industry preserved for posterity.
“We are registering it through the National Archives, it will have an ISBN number, it will go into the Trove so once you’re in it’s there forever and it is a significant opportunity for a company or an individual to make a very significant statement about our industry your background, your values and the way you see things going in the future.”