Above: This year’s online raffle, sponsored by Walkers European Transport, will have prizes worth in excess of
£3,000, including exhibition budgerigars from new sponsors Huxley & Marchant, Ian Thorogood, G&J Al-Nasser, Chris Snell, Widdowson & Wilson, Tony Cash, Tony Jeffereys, Lee Pennick, T&A Terheege, R&M Miller and Mike Ball


MID ESSEX BUDGERIGAR Society (BS) claims it will host the first electronically run raffle ever to be staged during a bird club’s show.

In an innovative approach to the club’s annual raffle, winning tickets will be drawn at random using an online system and displayed via a projector at its open show on September 9. Online tickets, which replace the paper tickets, are now live costing £1 per ticket and are only available via the club’s website: www.midessexbs.co.uk

Anyone who buys an online ticket via the website will get an immediate response with a bespoke number. Tickets can be bought online up until 60 seconds before the draw starts at 3pm on show day.

Ricky Anderson, the club’s promotional secretary, explained: “After two highly successful years of running the online raffle, we have decided that we need to embrace technology even further. This system has taken away the time-consuming work committee members did behind the scenes. Everything is handled automatically, and I now have the option to train club members on how to use it rather than it fall to one person.”

Mid Essex BS first launched its show raffle in 2016, with prizes of two exhibition budgerigars and nine aviary-related prizes. Fanciers bought a ticket online, but were manually assigned a paper ticket for show day.
This year, as the prize offering is 18 exhibition birds and 11 other prizes, each with a value in excess of £100, an automated system was the way forward.

Sponsorship secretary Graham Paine explained: “In 2016 I had to write more than 1,000 tickets and in 2017 more than 2,500. Now with the automated system, it populates its own database and sends unique ticket confirmation by immediate return.

“More importantly, Ricky’s forethought has now enabled me to go out and look for additional sponsors and prizes, making this the biggest online budgerigar-related raffle I have ever seen.”

● Any clubs interested in finding out more about the electronic raffle system should email: admin@midessexbs.co.uk

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