Rugby clubs throughout Ireland are in line to raise over 1 million euro for the community game following the launch of the IRFU ‘Your Club, Your Country’ fundraising initiative in association with Community Rugby Partner, Ulster Bank.
‘Your Club, Your Country’ is a draw that was first launched last year and raised over €;600,000 in total for participating clubs. Clubs taking part this season will be issued with 1,000 tickets valued at €;10 each which means each can raise up to €;10,000 for their club.
The top prize in the draw is a trip to the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2013 and there are a host of other great prizes brought to you by the IRFU and their sponsors.
Ireland stars Kevin McLaughlin, in his club colours of St. Mary’s College, the reigning Ulster Bank League champions, Cian Healy, wearing his Clontarf colours, and Rob Kearney helped to launch the draw in Donnybrook today.
The clubs will retain 100% of their ticket sales from the draw, which offers an array of fabulous prizes that have been provided by the IRFU and its partners.
To date over 117 clubs are registered to take part which means over €;1.17 million worth of tickets have been issued to those clubs to sell to their members and local community.
Pat Fitzgerald, Commercial and Marketing Chairman of the IRFU, said: “Last year’s draw was a huge success. The response was magnificent in reaching over €;600,000 and the interest from the clubs this year has been even greater.
“The IRFU is committed to doing whatever it can to assist our clubs in what are difficult economic times and this draw is the perfect opportunity to do that.
“Yet again there is an outstanding list of prizes thanks to the IRFU’s family of commercial partners and we are confident that the hard work of the clubs will be rewarded by hitting that magic mark of €;1 million.”
The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday, November 2, and the draw will take place on Friday, November 9, the day before Ireland take on South Africa in the opening game of the GUINNESS Series.
Full details and terms and conditions are available on the IRFU website – www.irishrugby.ie/yourclubyourcountry.
Your Club, Your Country Prize List
1. Tour with the British and Irish Lions in Australia in June 2013
International flights, hotel accommodation, Test match tickets and spending allowance for 2 persons up to 18 nights. Compliments of O2
2. Ireland v England 2013 RBS 6 Nations VIP Gold Package
VIP match tickets, official IRFU hospitality, hotel accommodation and PUMA Irish rugby goodie bags for 2 persons. Compliments of PUMA
3. Italy v Ireland 2013 RBS 6 Nations VIP trip to Olympic Stadium
Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for 2 persons. Compliments of Guinness
4. Scotland v Ireland 2013 RBS 6 Nations VIP trip to Murrayfield
Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for 2 persons. Compliments of Ulster Bank
5. Wales v Ireland 2013 RBS 6 Nations VIP trip to Millennium Stadium
Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for 2 persons. Compliments of Paddy Power
6. Ireland v Argentina 2012 GUINNESS Series VIP hospitality package at the Aviva Stadium
Corporate box with full hospitality for 12 guests. Compliments of the Hospitality Partnership
7. Dress like an Irish Rugby Player
Eden Park IRFU formal wear to the value of €;1,500. Compliments of Eden Park
8. Attend ‘Captain’s Run’ and win tickets to Ireland v Argentina at the Aviva Stadium
Watch a training session with the Irish rugby team, tour of Aviva Stadium, goodie bags and tickets to Ireland v Argentina 2012 GUINNESS Series match for 2 adults and 2 children. Compliments of Aviva
9. Ireland v France 2013 RBS 6 Nations VIP package at the Aviva Stadium
Match tickets and official IRFU hospitality for 2 persons. Compliments of LeasePlan
10. Get kitted out like an Irish Rugby Player
Elverys Sports voucher to the value of €;1,000. Compliments of Elverys Sports