A GAA Club draw with a difference

St. Colm's GAC, Drum, original club crest with the colours and emblems changed to logos for Down Syndrome, dementia and child disability.

St. Colm's GAC, Drum, original club crest with the colours and emblems changed to logos for Down Syndrome, dementia and child disability.

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A County Derry GAA club with less than 100 members is holding a draw with a difference.

The latest charity efforts of St. Colm’s GAC, Drum will see every penny raised go towards local organisations which help those affected by ‘the three Ds’ – dementia, disability and Down Syndrome.

“We’re all used to the ticket sellers banging on the door and asking for £20 to help fund the local club’s new pitch or clubhouse, or 3G facility. However, in a novel move, members of the small club on the outskirts of Dungiven have mobilised the troops not for themselves, but in a bid to raise money for charity,” said a Drum GAC spokesperson. “The club, which has won seven Derry junior championships and featured in two senior championship finals in its history, is conducting a draw from which every single penny of the proceeds will go to charity.”

The draw, for which tickets cost £1, will be held after a weekend of events at the club on July 18 and 19, including a 7-a-side football tournament involving the hosts and other local clubs, including neighbours Foreglen and Dungiven.

The club has produced a specially-designed crest in a bid to raise awareness of the venture, replacing the three emblems with symbols to represent each of the ‘three D’s’. In one weekend alone they raised almost £1,000 for the charities thanks to the generosity of those on the shores of Lough Neagh. A PayPal account is being set up to allow the purchase of tickets online.