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Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great delight I would like to announce the opening of what I consider to be our best annual charity raffle thus far. With eighteen prizes on offer, ranging from signed memorabilia to books and stadium tours, I believe it will allow everyone interested to take part regardless of their financial situation whilst, most importantly, helping a very worthy cause in Alzheimer Scotland. Please note, at the start of this season I arranged with our chosen charity that half of our total raised over the course of this campaign would go directly to Alzheimer Scotland’s “Football Memories” project (more information about this project is available HERE). The other half will go to the charity as a whole to use however they see fit.
As I write this, we have raised £435.66 for Alzheimer Scotland this season, but I would love to see us break the £1,000 barrier for our chosen charity for the fourth consecutive year and therefore I hope this raffle will be a great success.
Please note, if anyone requires any further information about the raffle or any of the prizes contained herein, please feel free to contact me via Twitter or by following the instructions on the “Contact Us” tab above.
And so, without further ado, allow me to take you through the excellent list of prizes on offer this season.
Celtic Shirt Signed By The 2014/15 Squad
Kindly donated by Celtic Football Club, this replica shirt with tags is emblazoned with over twenty signatures made in bold, black marker pen. Contained in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity enclosed, it is a lovely piece.
Seville (Celtic F.C. v F.C. Porto) Programme Signed By The Celtic Team
My thanks goes out to one Twitter user for this prize, which is sure to bring back some fine memories of a mass exodus to the south of Spain in 2003. Signed on the front cover in black marker pen by fourteen individuals, I have no doubt that this programme would be a welcome addition to many Celtic supporting households.
Roof Slate From St. Mary’s Church, Abercromby Street
Donated by a generous individual who wishes to remain anonymous, this piece is one of the original tiles removed from the old roof which adorned St. Mary’s Church in Glasgow. Founded in one of the old church halls, Celtic Football Club has always had a strong tie to St. Mary’s, and I am proud to say this continues today. Inscribed with the following message, “Slate from the roof of Saint Mary’s Church, Abercromby Street, Glasgow, 1842 – “, this weighty item is a very interesting, if somewhat odd, piece of history.
Signed & Gift Wrapped Celtic Ball
Although the donor of this item was unable to confirm exactly which season this ball is from, by its appearance one would assume it was signed within the last five years or so. With several signatures in black marker pen etched onto its surface, it is a neat item as you can see.
Family Tour of Celtic Park
Generously donated by an individual at Celtic Football Club, this voucher entitles a family to a guided tour of Celtic Park, Scotland’s largest football stadium.
“Hampden Experience” Family Voucher
Contributed to our raffle by those at the football museum at Hampden Park, this voucher entitles a family of four to enjoy “The Hampden Experience”, including a guided tour of the stadium and also access to the museum itself. I have no doubt all fans of Scottish Football, not simply those of Celtic, would enjoy such a day out.
Three Autographed Copies of “Caesar & The Assassin”
My thanks goes to the good folks at Celtic Quick News (C.Q.N.) for our next two raffle prizes. Considering “Caesar & The Assassin” firstly, each of the three hardback copies on offer have been signed by both ex-Celtic manager Davie Hay and the author, Alex Gordon.
Three Copies Of The Celtic Quick News Annual (2015)
Continuing in our previous vein, C.Q.N. have also provided us with three copies of their full colour annual. With almost two hundred pages contained within its covers, it is not only a nice memento for the future, but also an interesting and invigorating read. Again, our compliments go to C.Q.N. for this donation.
Autographed Copy of “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants”
I’m very happy to offer up a copy of my own book, “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants”, for our raffle, and I will, of course, sign it for whoever the eventual winner is.
Bottle Of Aberlour Single Malt Whisky
Presented to us by a Twitter user who wishes to remain anonymous, this decade old Speyside single malt whisky is described as “Welcoming, vibrant and rewarding”.
“The Young Lions” Print
A print of an original piece by James Dinnen, “The Young Lions” features lads in the colours of their beloved Celtic taking on other boys in a backstreet football match. Mounted and ready for framing, it would likely bring a smile to many reminiscent faces.
2011/12 Player Celebration T-Shirt
Contributed by “The Celtic Shirt”, this t-shirt was worn by one of the players as they celebrated winning the Scottish League title at the end of the 2011/12 season.
Commemorative Lisbon Print (Number 1/150)
Kindly donated to us late on in our fundraising efforts by John from the Twitter account “@insidethehoops”, this item is the first numbered print of the latest piece from the aforementioned gentleman. It captures the prelude to Celtic’s greatest victory as the team lined up in Lisbon in an abstract but striking manner. The print is A3 in terms of size and comes unframed.
Donated by a Twitter user, this voucher has been loaded with a value £15, usable in any U.K. Tesco store.
How To Buy Raffle Tickets
Tickets for this year’s raffle are priced as they were previously, at £2 each. As is explained in more detail in the “Raffle Rules & Important Notes” section, although donations totaling more than £20 are very welcome, no single individual will be allocated more than a maximum of ten raffle tickets.
Beginning today, Tuesday 17th March 2015, our raffle will remain open until sometime midway through May. The exact date will be confirmed once the fixture list for the final five matches of the league season is announced.
Anyone wishing to purchase any raffle tickets has four ways in which they can do so:
1. Just Giving - The first option for purchasing tickets online is via our Just Giving page (click here if you wish to do so). If at all possible, this is the option I would encourage you to use. If you choose to do so, please be sure to leave your name and/or your Twitter username when doing so, otherwise we will have no means of identifying you should you win a prize. If you wish to hide your donation amount from public view, you are more than welcome to do this by following the instructions therein.
2. Paypal – Next up, we have Paypal. If you wish to use this option, please contact myself for the relevant Paypal details, although the previous option does cut out the middle man.
3. In Person – At several of the home games before the end of this season, I will make myself available pre-match outside the South Stand for those who wish to purchase tickets in person.
4. Via Cheque/Postal Order – Special dispensation can be made for those unable to make use of the previous options, but only as a last resort.
Raffle Rules & Important Notes
1. Whilst any individual is welcome to donate as much as they would like to our appeal, for the sake of fairness I have the made the decision to once again implement a rule whereby the maximum number of tickets which any one person can hold is ten. For example, a £20 will see ten raffle tickets allocated to your name, but should you donate £25 or £30 say, you will still only be allocated ten tickets. This rule is in effect so as to give those who may wish to buy a couple of tickets but do not have the financial means to buy any more than that will still have a relatively fair chance of winning a prize.
2. Winners will be allocated prizes in the following manner. Whoever has their ticket drawn first will be allowed their choice of one item from our prize list, thereafter whoever has their ticket drawn second will have their choice of the remaining prizes, and so on until every prize has been taken by the respective winners. Should you win one prize, you will not be eligible to win another should another one of your tickets be drawn latterly. Again, this is a rule implemented by myself to ensure the prizes are spread equally. Therefore, with eighteen prizes on offer at this point in time, there will be eighteen separate winners come the end of our raffle.
3. No physical tickets will be issued. Participants will have numbers allocated to their names as tickets are purchased before the draw is made.
4. I am happy to personally cover any first class postage and packaging costs incurred for prizewinners who live within the U.K., but if anyone from a foreign country wins a prize, I would kindly ask you to cover the postage costs involved. Please note, due to weight and fragility, I will not post either the whisky or roof slate. Winners of these prizes will have to arrange a meeting with myself to receive their prize, somewhere in or around the Greater Glasgow area.
5. The winner of the whisky must either be over the age of eighteen themselves, or have a parent or guardian over eighteen present when receiving their prize.
In closing, I would just like to wish you all the very best of luck and thank you all for your continuing support of our annual fundraising initiatives. Clichéd as it may sound, it really wouldn’t be possible without you, and for that, you all have my eternal thanks.