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2009 NEWS FLASH: SHOOTERS RAISED $3,615 FOR CHARITY - THE MDF.
TICKETS WERE JUST $5 ea
Review: 2009 AIHPA fund raiser for MDF, by Josh Coughran.
Read the Macular Degeneration Foundation review of the AIHPA's efforts. http://www.mdfoundation.com.au.aihpa.aspx
AIHPA began its first charity fund raising activity in 2008, thanks to project manager Richard Ruppas. Over $2,200 was raised for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. It was a credit to the AIHPA, its members and all shooters involved.
Earlier in the year I received an email from Dave Waters regarding our annual fundraiser for 2009. I replied asking “who would we get to run the event”. Dave’s reply was “thanks for volunteering”.
We got to work straight away and contacted the Macular Degeneration (MD) Foundation to start making arrangements to hold a raffle. The MDF was selected out of a few final charity causes because of its direct relation to eyesight, and that MD is an indiscriminate disease that has affected, and will continue to affect, many shooters no matter fitness, health or lifestyle.
The MDF were very appreciative of our offer and were supportive in the planning stages by sending out officially stamped raffle tickets, brochures and marketing material. As I started reading some of the brochures, I quickly realised that macular degeneration was a much bigger issue than I had first thought. With 1 in 7 people being affected at some stage in their lives, it is almost certain that we will all know somebody who suffers, or will suffer, directly from MD.
As with all shooting sports and sporting shooters, we need our eyes. Most importantly, we must maintain healthy central vision eyesight. Shooting sports do uniquely offer the ability for people who suffer from various disabilities to participate in the openly in the sport. However, persons visually impaired will find this sport almost impossible to be part of.
There are 3 main concerns with any raffle - getting sponsors to donate prizes, getting willing people to sell tickets, and getting the potentially lucky winners to buy the tickets. The MD raffle was blessed with some tremendous sponsors and supporters, including:
Many of these sponsors also purchased tickets themselves. We also had some outstanding and very generous people and companies who purchased dozens of tickets, and made up shortfalls for partially sold tickets in books.
The fund raiser raffle raffle draw, after 2 months of promotion, took place on the 5th July at the ANZAC range, NSW, at the close of the traditional 2009 Sydney Cup event. Shooters attending the draw we were joined by distinguished guests from the MD Foundation; representatives Julie Heraghty (CEO) and her partner Graham. Julie briefly discussed some Macular Degeneration issues, and spoke highly of shooters, and confidently understood how shooters should be concerned with MD. Julie was then tasked with the ticket draw after we proudly announced that the charity fund raising raffle raised over $3,600.00!
There were a lot of smiles at the end of the draw with lots of prize winners taking some very nice prizes home. MD Foundation representative Graham said some kind words of appreciation to the AIHPA and shooters on behalf of the Macular Degeneration Foundation before departing with a handful of cheques.
The AIHPA and the MDF encourage everybody to have their eyes tested, at least annually, and have their macular checked at the same time. Also, we all encourage a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Special thanks to the AIHPA and all its members and supporting clubs, Peter Cuddy, John Waters, SSAA Sydney Branch for generously providing their Malabar clubhouse as the venue for the draw, and the AIHPA President David Waters for his huge support for all aspects of the raffle.
(Special thanks to Josh Coughran for his efforts and his very kind personal donations to this charity fund raiser. Pres)
Congratulations to all our winners.
PLEASE, SUPPORT OUR GREAT SPONSORS...
INTRO: After a sensationally successful 2008 fund raiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, raising over $2,200, AIHPA have decided to run a 2009 fund raiser, but this time for the Macular Degeneration Foundation. MDF is a group that tackles and assists with MD symptoms, which every shooter, and every person, should be aware of, and have concerns with.
If you would like to be a sponsor, so your company, or interests, will have relevant logos and details displayed on our website, etc, then please email us to state your pledge.
We really need members to sell raffle tickets. Each book has 20 tickets, and we have a total of 50 books. Please email us your postal address to have a book sent to you.
EVERYBODY, please consider buying tickets at $5 each. A small price for a chance to win, and an opportunity to help.
Please email us your pledge on firstname.lastname@example.org with your support (to promote and sell tickets), donation or ticket purchase needs.
Notice, from Josh Coughran - Secretary/Treasurer
I think we can all agree that if we had a dollar for every time we heard a shooter say ‘my eyes are playing up on me today’ or ‘my eyes aren’t what they used to be’, we would have a small fortune!
You will all be glad to know that this year our annual fundraiser is in support of the Macular Degeneration Foundation. What do the Macular Degeneration Foundation do, and more importantly, what is macular degeneration?
Macular Degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of blindness in Australia, affecting central vision. MD primarily affects people over the age of 50, however knowledge and better lifestyle, such as diet, may greatly reduce the cause or symptoms. Currently, one in seven people over the age of 50 are affected by the disease. We’d like to help reduce this.
The key objectives of the Foundation are to represent
the interests of the MD community by providing:
Further information about Macular Degeneration is available at www.mdfoundation.com.au
For our 2009 Fund Raiser initiative, we are selling raffle tickets in a chance to win some great prizes and help this very important, and shooter related, charity.
Although we have some prizes supplied by some very generous sponsors, we need more. We are asking you, our members, to help with this, and campaign for donations, or ticket sales. Please get into contact with us ASAP.
Remember to remind those that sponsor us will have their details put on our website, on flyers and recognised formally by the MDF. This is great exposure.
Officially MDF stamped raffle tickets will be $5.00 each and we want to sell as many as we can. The more selling the tickets, the more tickets we should sell. Raffle ticket books will be available at the Sydney Centrefire shoot at ANZAC Rifle Range on Sunday, 5 April 2009. Otherwise, please email or call us on the details below, and we will mail them out.
The raffle will be drawn on Sunday, 7 June 2009 at the ANZAC Rifle Range, Malabar. There will be an MDF representative attending to help and supervise the draw.
Remember, it is almost certain that at some point in the future you, a family member or somebody in your life might benefit from the great work that the Macular Degeneration Foundation do. As competition shooters, we all need to look after our eyes.
For any further information or to pledge a donation item, please email to email@example.com or call me on 0404 693 730.
We thank you for your support and wish you all happy selling!
FIRST CLASS PRIZES THUS FAR: (no prizes are redeemable for cash)
SECOND CHANCE draw: (no prizes are redeemable for cash)
How the prizes will be drawn and distributed.