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.