The “Win a Home in London” fundraising initiative for Roscommon GAA has been deferred until the end of December as a result of Covid-19.
Roscommon GAA and Club Rossie made the “difficult” decision on Friday, a day after it was confirmed that the Roscommon senior footballers’ Connacht championship match in London on May 2nd had been cancelled. The draw will now take place on December 30th.
A key component of Club Rossie’s marketing plan for the draw was an increased presence in London in the lead-up to Roscommon’s game at McGovern Park, Ruislip, in early May.
Expressing its appreciation to those who had supported the initiative so far, Club Rossie vowed that the draw would “definitely” go ahead.
“During this exceptionally difficult time for people in Ireland, the UK and beyond, we want nothing to distract from the important task of defeating Covid-19, so we are suspending the promotion and marketing of the apartment in London City Island.
“Secondly, our own volunteer team need to focus on their own loved ones and also their own businesses in the short term as we too are faced with challenges over the coming months.
“Finally, we don’t believe we will be able to host a suitable event for the competition on May 10th due to Covid-19, given Government guidelines in Ireland including guidelines on physical distancing and maximum number of people allowed at public events,” read a statement.
Since the initiative was launched on December 10th, 2019, Club Rossie has sold over 8,560 tickets, raising €856,000.
“We are glad to say we have now covered all costs, including the apartment and also marketing costs, and have a surplus generated which ultimately will go towards the redevelopment of Dr. Hyde Park and the development of the Dermot Earley Centre of Participation.
“We wish all supporters of Roscommon GAA and all those in Ireland, the UK and in the 30 countries globally who have purchased a ticket entry the very best through these unprecedented times. We look forward to normality returning and having a special night on December 30th when one lucky person will win a luxury, Ballymore-developed, apartment in London City Island,” the statement concluded.