Brendan Maher pictured lifting the Liam MacCarthy Cup following the 2016 All-Ireland final - the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw has contributed handsomely to the success of Tipperary for the past 30 years.
On Tuesday, April 17th at the meeting of the County Board the 2018-19 Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw was launched. And, County Board secretary Tim Floyd revealed that, considering the ambition of the County Board, “we need the draw more than ever now”.
Peter Byrne (Clonakenny), the chairman of the draw's organising committee, spoke passionately at the Sarsfields Centre in Thurles heralding the draw as “a huge success”. And, Mr Byrne challenged the clubs of Tipperary to work hard to increase subsciptions to the draw while he also encouraged all supporters of the blue and gold to join the fundraising scheme.
The structure of the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw essentially means that by taking out a subscription to the fundraising scheme you support your club and the County Board as well as featuring in a monthly draw for a whole series of sensational prizes.
“I would ask every club to set the target to increase their membership in the draw,” Peter Byrne said before highlighting how the subscription to the draw is “great value”.
“We have an opportunity now to drive it on again and drive up the membership of the draw,” Mr Byrne added.
The first monthly 2018-19 Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw will take place on Friday, May 11th - the overall prize fund comes in a whopping €500,000 and first prize in May, for example, will be a Skoda Karoq (or €25,000) while second prize will be a Renault Megane (or €15,000).
The draw is now in existence for thirty-one years, but Mr Byrne warned that considering the success of the fundraising initiative complacency could set in.
“We will fail if we take it for granted,” warned the Clonakenny man before appealing to County Board delegates “to make it bigger and better than ever”.
Mr Byrne revealed that “work on the ground” was essential to the success of the draw and he praised the efforts of the co-ordinators and promoters in the respective clubs.
Tim Floyd, the secretary of the County Board, revealed that “the draw is as important now as it was thirty years ago” and especially in the context of the planned developments for Semple Stadium and Dr Morris Park in Thurles.
“We need the draw more than ever now,” the Newport man added.
County Board chairman John Devane described the draw as a “great success”, but the Boherlahan-Dualla man also revealed that the fundraising scheme was “a little bit taken for granted”. Mr Devane encouraged club delegates to “get out there and get selling”.
Membership of the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw comes in at a very reasonable €10 per month or €100 for the year. For details on joining the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw you can contact your local club, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 0504 22702 or join the draw online - click here.
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