A STORY of family, faith and salvation is on its way to the printing press.
Local author Regina Lane has penned a book, Saving St Brigid’s, which traces her family’s history of migration from Ireland to Australia, of growing up Australian Irish Catholic in the south-west and of the fight to save the iconic St Brigid’s Church at Crossley.
Last month Lane launched a fund-raising campaign on the online “crowdfunding” platform Pozible, inviting people to pre-order her book in an attempt to raise $15,000 to get it self-published.
She gave herself until October 9 to raise the cash — a target she achieved five days early.
“People in New South Wales, Northern Territory and everywhere in between have pre-ordered a copy,” Lane said.
“People have been interested in reading the story of how St Brigid’s was saved.
“It’s amazing how widely this story resonates. Many people have written to me telling me how inspired they are by what our community has achieved, how thankful they are that we have created a living monument to our shared Irish cultural heritage.
“I’ve even been contacted by a group going through a similar fight to the one we had. I’m heading to Ballarat in a couple of weeks to meet with the group trying to save their civic hall.”
Having reached her target, Lane said she was in the final stages of putting the book together.
“It will go to the printers soon and those who have pre-ordered will have their copy early in the new year.
“Because of the generosity, I’ve decided rather than printing in Asia, I’ve halved my print run and will print the book in Victoria.
“I’m going to launch the book at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March. This year will be seven years since we launched the Save St Brigid’s Campaign at the Festival, so it makes sense to launch the book there.”