Above: Organised by Mid Essex BS in association with Cage & Aviary Birds, the raffle will raise funds for clubs and societies around the country. Ticket proceeds from Keith Ferry’s CYB clear buff male Norwich (left) will go to Midland Counties Norwich Plainhead Club, while Dave Brown’s zebbie pair (right), donated by Keith Sims, will raise funds for Kent ZFC
IT’S LIVE: THE Cage & Aviary Birds Grand Christmas Raffle of quality exhibition birds and top birdkeeping equipment is now open, with more than 900 tickets sold during the first few hours!
For each of the 36 prizes, the money raised in ticket sales will be donated to a nominated club, so why not make it a happy Christmas for the club of your choice and grab your tickets now? (See “How to Enter” box, below.)
For just £1 per raffle ticket, you could win yourself an amazing prize donated from across the whole fancy. Examples include a current-year-bred (CYB) Norwich canary from the world-famous stud of Keith Ferry, or a pair of zebra finches from the Dave Brown stud – respectively winners of best and second best in show at the recent National Exhibition.
Nominated clubs set to benefit from ticket sales include South Bucks Canary Breeders Association who have a pair of Fiorino and a pair of raza Espanola canaries to its name, donated by Canary Council secretary Chris Smith. And Bob Allen’s December 2020-bred spangle greygreen cock budgerigar will raise funds for Bristol BS.
And there’s much more: from an unflighted greenfinch cock from Dave Hammond to a pair of Fifes from the Kendall Stud, two budgerigars from Swiss breeder Daniel Lütolf, incredible top-quality seed-mixes in bulk from leading companies, a mint condition copy of The Challenge by Gerald Binks, Christmas seed hampers… we can’t list all 36 prizes here, so please see the full set at: https://birdraffle.co.uk
C&AB editor Rob Innes said he was “gobsmacked” at what has been pledged by individuals and companies. He added: “We have some generous people in this fancy! And all this is to benefit local clubs who need the help.”
Raffle organiser Graham Paine commented: “The excitement of working with C&AB to help create a super raffle is real and promises to be one of the most exciting ventures in the avian calendar for 2021.
“If we can help all the participating societies to raise essential funds during what has been some of the most testing times in decades, then our hopes and expectations will come to reality.”
HOW TO ENTER
- PRIZES can be viewed online at https://birdraffle.co.uk
- You can buy a raffle ticket(s) via the above link or the entry form on page 6.
- Clubs to benefit from the prizes are listed on the website.
- Winning tickets will be drawn on December 11, 2021.
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