The 2017 IRFU/Ulster Bank ‘Your Club, Your Country’ Grand Draw was carried out at the Aviva Stadium yesterday.
This year’s draw raised over €580,000 for the 120 participating clubs bringing the total raised by the initiative since 2011 to more than €4 million.
The draw enables clubs who register to sell 1,000 tickets at €10 each and to retain 100 percent of the proceeds. The IRFU and Ulster Bank in conjunction with the wider family of IRFU partners supply the prizes for the Grand Draw, ensuring clubs reap the maximum benefit and raise up to €10,000 from the fundraising scheme.
This year’s revenue is at the midpoint of what the draw has raised in recent years. Four times since it first began in 2011 the revenue has nudged through 600,000. In 2013 it dipped to 530,000 but each year since then it has see-sawed between just over and just under the 600,000 mark.
There were 10 prizes on offer in this year’s Grand Draw with winning tickets being sold by Ashbourne RFC, Portlaoise RFC, Wexford RFC, Loughrea RFC, Old Crescent RFC, Balbriggan RFC, UL Bohemians RFC, Ratoath RFC, Roscrea RFC and Young Munster RFC.
A trip to Australia in 2018, as well as VIP 6 Nations trips to Paris and London, were among the highlights of this year’s prizes.
“Raising over four million for the Club game illustrates the value of this initiative and how important a contribution it makes to a Club’s fundraising efforts,” said IRFU President Philip Orr.
“I would like to again thank Ulster Bank and all of the IRFU’s partners for continuing to support this initiative.”
“The Your Club Your Country Grand Draw enables participating Clubs to raise up to 10,000 Euro each year which is a vital revenue source which clubs can invest in facilities and support services for their members and wider communities.”
“Ulster Bank is proud to support the ‘Your Club Your Country’ draw as we know it’s an important fundraising opportunity for clubs,” added Joe Heneghan, Interim Director of Customer Experience and Products at Ulster Bank.
“We’re delighted to be able to help clubs at the heart of communities around Ireland as they work to grow, invest in their facilities and members and ultimately, achieve their ambitions.”
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