The Roscommon ‘Win a Home in London’ draw has been postponed until the end of the year.
A fundraiser ran by Roscommon GAA and Club Rossie, the prize is a London apartment worth €815,000.
Already €856,000 worth of tickets have been sold with the costs of the prize and marketing covered. The date of the draw has been changed to 30 December 2020 from the original date of 10 May.
The funds have been ring-fenced and all profit will go toward Dr Hyde Park and the development of the Dermot Earley Centre of Participation.
A similar draw in 2019 for a house in Dublin saw 14,000 tickets sold at €100 each and a profit of €943,000.
Statement from Club Rossie
At this unprecedented time, Roscommon GAA and Club Rossie have taken the very difficult decision to defer our Win a Home in London Competition until the 30th of December 2020 when some level of normality will hopefully have returned for all of us.
We firstly want to thank those who have supported this Competition so far and reassure them that this competition will definitely go ahead.
However, during this exceptionally difficult time for people in Ireland, the UK and beyond we want nothing to distract from the important task of defeating Covid-19 so we are suspending the promotion and marketing of the apartment in London City Island. Secondly, our own volunteer team need to focus on their own loved ones and also their own businesses in the short term as we too are faced with challenges over the coming months. Finally, we don’t believe we will be able to host a suitable event for the Competition on 10 May 2020 due to Covid-19, given Government guidelines in Ireland including guidelines on physical distancing and maximum number of people allowed at public events.
Additionally, a key component of our marketing plan to promote this Competition was our presence in London in the weeks leading up to the Roscommon v London GAA match. This match has now being postponed and we don’t have clarity as to when it will be played.
Since we launched the competition on 10 December 2019, we have sold over 8,560 tickets and we sincerely thank all those who have entered so far. The €856,000 raised is held in a ringfenced account for this competition which is being independently observed by PWC. We are glad to say we have now covered all costs, including the apartment and also marketing costs, and have a surplus generated which ultimately will go towards the redevelopment of Dr Hyde Park and the development of the Dermot Earley Centre of Participation.
While tickets are still available to purchase on winahomeinlondon.com we will pause marketing the competition until the worst of Covid-19 has passed. We wish all supporters of Roscommon GAA and all those in Ireland, the UK and in the 30 countries globally who have purchased a ticket entry the very best through these unprecedented times. We look forward to normality returning and having a special night on the 30th December when one lucky person will win a luxury, Ballymore developed, apartment in London City Island.
The Club Rossie Team
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