COMMUNITY GAME RAFFLE 2015 - WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The 2015 Rugby League Cares’ Community Raffle has come to an end and we are delighted to announce 24 winners!
There are 6 winning tickets, 7 top-selling club prizes, 10 luck-dip club prizes and 1 top-selling school/college/university prize.
The winning tickets…
- 1st prize – a trip for 2 to America + £500 spending money – goes to Damian Newell, who bought his ticket from Brighouse Rangers, our 6th best-selling club.
- 2nd prize – a £500 travel voucher – goes to Maureen Cowie. Her grandson was the top seller for Cramlington Rockets and will be awarded a signed Newcastle Thunder shirt on the pitch at Kingston Park Stadium. Maureen said, “I’m so pleased, he’s done so well!” She hopes to spend the voucher visiting family in Spain.
- 3rd prize – Steve Kirkby has won the ultimate Rugby League season ticket – 2 tickets to the Grand Final, Challenge Cup Final, Magic Weekend and Summer Bash. He bought his ticket from England Lion Hearts.
- 4th prize – Terri Toft won the Yorkshire Sports Bundle – 4 tickets to a Yorkshire Cricket home fixture and 4 tickets to a Leeds Rhinos home game of their choice. Terri, who bought the ticket from our second highest top-seller said, “Absolutely over the moon! We are massive Rhinos fans!”
- 5th prize – Don Wilkinson won a luxury hamper, which he says is “Good news for a change!”
- 6th prize – Pete Guy, from Blackpool Stanley ARLFC has won our technology bundle – an Alcatel smart phone and Samsung tablet.
The top-selling clubs…
1st place, Cramlington Rockets, with sales of 2523 tickets
Winners of a fully bespoke BLK kit.
“We are thrilled to be the top selling club in the country. The money raised will make big difference both to the club and to Rugby League Cares. It is important we back charities like this as the help and support they give those in the rugby league family is essential. Many do not realise the benefit they provide until they need it, so anything we can do to raise awareness of this brilliant cause is a worthwhile activity.
“The money raised will go towards new equipment and kit for the club’s junior section. We make the effort to provide match kit meaning players do not need to buy their own and thus removing a potential barrier to someone playing. It is one of the biggest expenses we have so to have a free set of strips is amazing and I know the players will love playing in their brand new BLK kit.” Jeff Ball.
2nd place, Upton ARLFC, with sales of 2455 tickets
Winners of £500 worth of Rhino RL kit.
Upton have been very successful this year, also winning the early bird draw in July. They continue to hold the luck, selling winning tickets for top prizes 2 years in a row. Dave Welsh of Upton ARLFC said: “This is the first year that Upton have been part of the Community Raffle, previously running our own in club. But the Community Raffle is an easy, hassle free way to raise money for the club with no outlay. The prizes on offer are great, for both the winners and the highest selling club, and there's help and support from Rugby League Cares throughout the competition.
The money we've raised from this will help with the refurbishment of the club, its a great cause to be involved with #completenobrainer!"
3rd place, Stanningley Sports and Community Club, with sales of 2115 tickets
Stanningley selected the hospitality box for six at the 2016 Grand Final as their prize.
Jon Nofolk said, "The community raffle is a great way to raise funds for your club at the same time as contributing to such a worthwhile cause."
4th place, Farnley Falcons, with sales of 1760 tickets
Winners of a selection of signed Rugby League memorabilia.
Jonny Adams of Farnley Falcons said, “RL Cares have offered our club a lot of support in the last 6 months, as we look to establish Junior teams in our local area. But the Raffle was a great way for us as a club to come together to fund raise. Knowing that for every 100 tickets sold the club would raise £70 helped give everyone a target to aim for. The prizes were fantastic and certainly something that we could all get behind and promote.
Beyond the financial benefits, the raffle itself is a great way to reach out to the local community. Having our club name attached to something that Rugby League Cares were running gave us a real boost. Players and parents were talking to friends, family and colleagues about the Community Raffle and about Farnley at the same time which has helped us reach further into the community - as we look for more players and sponsors to get involved with the club.
On behalf of everyone at Farnley Falcons, I would like to say thank you to Rugby League Cares for their support in 2015 and onwards.”
5th place, Rochdale Development Association, with sales of 1355 tickets
Winners of 25 tickets to Magic Weekend.
Niel Wood of Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation said, “We love the Community Raffle - it offers great prizes that we could not afford to give and much needed funds to help us with our development programmes. I actually cannot believe that every club in the country doesn't take part - it is the most simple and fantastic way to raise money!”
6th place, Brighouse Rangers Juniors, with sales of 1000 tickets
Winners of 25 tickets to the Challenge Cup Final.
Andy Ambler, Brighouse Rangers Juniors, Under 9’s Junior Chairman said, “We have been involved in the community raffle for a number of years and as a club we have received rewarding benefits from the scheme. For our club it has been one of the best thing that the RL Cares have done for the rugby league community. It not only give fantastic raffle prizes, but it gives great rewards to the clubs such as prizes for numbers sold and early submission, along with 70% on the money raised, from the tickets sold by the club, which is a vital life line for all amateur clubs.
“We as a club will continue to support the community raffle which helps support our club.”
7th place, Gateshead Storm, with sales of 877 tickets
Winners of 25 tickets to Summer Bash.
Rob Jones of Gateshead Storm said, "We are big belivers in supporrting things like this, not only to help raise funds funds for the club, but also for Rugby League Cares, which helps support good causes."
"We are over the moon to be one of the top selling clubs. Our thanks go out to all members who put effort into selling tickets, especially the parents from the junior sides. We plan to use the proceeds to help fund a junior tour to take part in the Leeds Rhinos Challenge in Butlins."
Top-selling school/college University: England Universities Men, with sales of 3282 tickets
England Universities Men used the 70% contribution to fund some of their fees for taking part in the Four Nations tournament, which this year was staged in Bray, Ireland.
The team were the tournament winners, beating Scotland, Ireland and Wales to retain their title.
As well as contributing to their touring costs (flights, accommodation, kit and equipment) selling the raffle tickets also ensured that the squad had energy drinks for each game, a day trip to Dublin including entry into the Guinness Storehouse, evening activities and some celebratory drinks after their last match!
Lucky Dip Club Wins
- Hindpool Tigers
- Brighouse Ladies
- Hunslet Green
- York Locomotive
- Shaw Cross
- Shevington Sharks
- Widnes West Bank
- Bradford Clayton Thunderbirds
- Underbank Rangers
- Batley Young Peoples Club/Batley Boys ARLFC
Rugby League Cares' Community Game Raffle, 2015
The Community Game Raffle is back for its eighth year in 2015; providing clubs and schools with an exciting fund raising opportunity.
A host of fantastic prizes are again on offer with a trip for two to Miami and New York, plus £500 spending money topping the bill. Clubs and schools will also be eligible to win prizes for being the biggest sellers.
70% of all proceeds go to the club, the other 30% goes to the Rugby League Foundation (RLF - now part of Rugby League Cares). That money is then used to fund the Rugby League Cares' grassroots grants scheme.
How do I get involved?
All raffle tickets and marketing materials are provided to clubs/schools free of charge. There
are five tickets in each book and tickets should be sold at a cost of £1 with your club/school keeping 70p and the other 30p going to the Rugby League Foundation (RLF - now part of Rugby League Cares).
All you have to do is sell the tickets and your club/school keeps 70% of all you sell. Send back your sold ticket stubs to Rugby League Cares, along with the 30% of your total sales, making cheques payable to the Rugby League Foundation.
The deadline for returning ticket stubs is Thursday 5th November 2015.
The ticket stubs all go into the draw which will take place on Thursday 26th November 2015.
The 'Early Bird Draw' will be held on Friday 31st July, 2015. The club that returns the most tickets by this date will win 25 weekend passes for Magic Weekend 2016.
After your initial order if you decide you can sell some more tickets, then just let us know and we will send you another batch free of charge.
To take part all you need to do is fill out the Ticket Request Form and email it to: email@example.com
Raffle draw prizes:
- A trip for two to America's East Coast - 7 nights in Miami, 3 nights in New York, plus £500 spending money.
- £500 travel voucher to spend with Traveleads.
- Technology bundle: an Alcatel One Touch S'Pop phone; plus a Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet.
- Yorkshire sports bundle: 4 tickets to a Yorkshire County Cricket home fixture in 2016, plus 4 tickets to any Leeds Rhinos home game
- The Ultimate season ticket: 2 tickets to the Grand Final, Challenge Cup Final, Summer Bash and Magic Weekend.
- A healthy living hamper from San Francisco based company, Filmore and Union.
To ensure the top selling clubs are best rewarded, prizes will be allocated differently this year. The top selling club will be able to select which of these prizes they want, with the second best-seller having second choice and so on.
- A fully bespoke BLK kit
- Rhino RL equipment
- A Hospitality Box at the Grand Final
- 25 Tickets for the Challenge Cup Final
- A selection of signed memorabilia
But don't worry, we're not neglecting the smaller teams! All runners up, who sell more than 200 tickets, will be placed in a random draw (just one entry per team to keep it fair) to win an additional 5 prizes, ranging from training balls to water bottles and bags.
Top selling schools and universities will be allocated a separate best-seller prize.
Community Raffle Partner: Rhino Rugby League
Rugby League Cares has teamed up with Rhino Rugby League for the Community Game Raffle. Rhino will be offering discounted Rugby League equipment to all raffle participants.
If you suspect that someone at your club has a gambling problem please refrain from selling them raffle tickets in large quantities.
Help and advice is available from several sources, including www.gambleaware.co.uk for organisations seeking advice.
Tickets are not for sale to, or by, anyone under 16 years of age.
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