As discussed at our Club Zoom meeting last evening, we are running two Melbourne Cup fundraising sweeps to support our annual Christmas Bag project for the older, most lonely and most isolated of Bolton Clarke (formerly RDNS) patients.
As everyone knows, our fundraising has been decimated by COVID-19 this year and I expect that some of our regular donors, who have generously provided products to us in the past, will have had a very tough year and that their support might be restricted on this occasion.  Additionally, unlike the last two years, we do not have the benefit of $1000 from the Bendigo Bank.  The primary purpose of these Sweeps is fundraising for this projects, but there are very worthwhile prizes for those lucky enough to draw the eventual placegetters in the Cup.
Our Fundraising Sweeps will be based on the First Acceptance horses for this year's Melbourne Cup.  First Acceptances proceeded yesterday and have resulted in 65 horses remaining in the field at this stage.
Sweep No 1 is $10 per ticket - 1st Place = $150, 2nd Place= $60 & 3rd Place = $40
Sweep No 2 is $2 per ticket (good to enter for your Grandchildren etc) - 1st = $30, 2nd = $15 & 3rd = $10
What you need to do is email me asap with your entries for both Sweeps, and with a name for each of your entries eg Mary Smith's entries:
Sweep 1 - 4 entries @ $10 each - Mary Smith, Bill Smith, Fred Smith & Tony Smith
Sweep 2 - 2 entries @ $2 each - Jaspa Smith & Diesel Swift
You will be billed with an Invoice from Treasurer PP Glenda soon after your entries are registered with me - and for payment into the Club's Fundraising Account asap.
Entries close with me at 5pm COB on 24 October - so do not delay as late entries cannot be accepted.  It's strictly "first in, first served".
The Draw will be undertaken by myself, with the assistance of two other Club members who I am able to get together with under whatever COVID-19 restrictions apply at the time, will be made on 25 October (before Second Acceptances for the Melbourne Cup are confirmed on 26 October).  Results of the Draw will be advised asap after 25 October.
In the unlikely event that 65 entries are not achieved in either Sweep, a last call for entries will go out before 25 October. If still not achieved "RC of Keilor" entries will fill the vacancies - with any relevant prizemoney going to the fundraiser.
So, its over to you to please get back to me asap with your support for this fundraiser - don't miss out.
Stay safe, keep you fingers crossed for the announcement of some reduction in COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday - and keep your masks on.
Norm Draper