Above: The multi-club online raffle welcomes exhibition budgerigar prizes from top breeders, such as Daniel Lütolf. Photo: Fred Wright
Raffle tickets (£1 each) go on sale from October 3
• To buy tickets ONLINE, visit: https://budgieraffle.co.uk
• To buy tickets via POST, complete and cut out the ‘Christmas Raffle’ advert on page 17 of the September 30 issue. See advert for postal details
A MULTI-CLUB ONLINE raffle is coming to the budgerigar hobby this Christmas, organised by the experts behind the ever-growing Mid Essex BS annual show raffle.
Due to the current pandemic, Mid Essex BS will not be holding its open show in September, where its renowned online bird and equipment raffle is traditional drawn live. Instead, organisers are planning an innovative online 13-club affair where each club puts forward one or more prizes to be raffled, and all the proceeds from each club’s contribution go back to that club, less credit card fees and delivery costs.
Major prizes such as top budgerigars from renowned breeders – including 2019 BS Club Show winners F., C. & J. McGovern – can be won for just £1 a raffle ticket (you have to be 16+ to buy tickets; 30 prizes listed at: https://budgieraffle.co.uk/2020-raffle).
The full list of clubs involved are: Bedfordshire BS, Birmingham BS, Bristol BS, City of Lincoln B&FBA, Cleethorpes B&FBS, Dartford Kent BS, Hastings BS, Ipswich BS, Mid Essex BS, South Cheshire BS, Southend BS, Trent Valley BS and West Norfolk BC.
“Mid Essex BS is acting as a platform for this raffle; it is not a Mid Essex BS raffle,” explained the club’s sponsorship secretary Graham Paine. “Last year, to see our club sell 6,843 tickets for a local club raffle was beyond comprehension. Our committee decided that it was now time to try and put this wonderful growing event to even better use by inviting other societies to raise funds by entering prizes.”
He continued: “By using the platform and technology now at our disposal it is hoped that those clubs accepting our invitation will benefit greatly financially in the process.”
This is a step forward for clubs whose cancelled open shows this year have prevented much-needed income.
Bristol BS’s Bob Allen told C&AB that this is a timely incentive following the cancellation of its August gold championship open show. He said: “In previous years, the club has applied for a grant from South Gloucestershire Council which funds our open show. We didn’t apply for the grant this year, so lost out on £200-250. The profit from this raffle will not only offset our open show lost, it is a bonus.”
The raffle will be broadcast and drawn live on December 6 via the Mid Essex BS Facebook page.
Ricky Anderson, Mid Essex BS promotional secretary, said going live on Facebook gives the raffle a bigger reach and stops the club’s website becoming overcrowded. He added: “I would expect it to be the biggest raffle yet, partly due to the other clubs involved but also the pandemic means that there isn’t much in the way of bird events.”
FULL T&Cs and prize delivery status can be viewed at: https://budgieraffle.co.uk
The draw will take place on December 6 live on the Mid Essex BS Facebook page. Raffle tickets £1 each.
Mid Essex BS state that this is a fully licensed and registered event that is certified as a small lottery. For all raffle correspondence, please contact Mid Essex BS (https://midessexbs.co.uk).
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