Charity ‘Win a House’ raffle cancelled due to poor ticket sales

The iCARE committee, from left: Warner, Angela, John, Liam, Melanie, Kay and Martin
The iCARE committee, from left: Warner, Angela, John, Liam, Melanie, Kay and Martin

A charity draw, which had a house as first prize, has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

Inishowen Children’s Autism Related Education (iCARE) had been running the draw for the past few months and said they had “no option” but to withdraw it.

The house at Mulberry Avenue had been won in a previous iCARE draw by Mark and Carleen McLaughlin.

Earlier this year, the couple decided to raffle the property to raise more funds for the charity.

They and iCARE announced the competition’s cancellation with “great regret.”

They added: “This is not a decision that has been taken lightly; it is due to poor ticket sales that we have had no option but to withdraw from the raffle. The McLaughlins and iCARE apologise deeply for the cancellation and for any inconvenience this may have caused to ticket purchasers, as we know that all the people who bought tickets were excited about the prospect of winning the lovely house.”

They added that all ticket purchasers will be refunded in full from Wednesday 8th September 2014 onwards as they have “administration and finances to sort out first.” “We want to ensure refunds are handled as smoothly as possible, so please bear with us,” they said.

They added how they were “disappointed” the draw wasn’t a success and thanked those who sold the tickets.

“Like most charities in Ireland, iCARE are finding it increasingly difficult to fundraise in this economic climate. We would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way to sell tickets, the retail outlets who have taken tickets to sell and we would also like to thank Mary Doherty design consultant from Red Dog for donating her time and designing the tickets and publicity. If you would like further information on refunds contact 086 3664802 or email from the 8th September onwards. We would like to thank all the people who have continuously supported us and again thank you for your patience and understanding.