GAA Leitrim Centre of Excellence

County Board outline strategy for fundraising drive

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County Board outline strategy for fundraising drive

A view of what the Leitrim Wall will look like when competed at the Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence

Leitrim GAAA County Board, in conjunction with the Dublin Supporters club, have turned to former Board Chairman and present Connacht Council President Gerry McGovern, to head up the Committee to complete the final fundraising venture to finish the Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence at Annaduff.

The project, which started back in 2006, has been a while coming to fruition as the County Board prudently decided not to incur any borrowings to complete the project. This fundraising venture is the first of its kind for a County GAA project. It is based on people purchasing a brick or tile which will be displayed on a wall at the entrance to the Centre of Excellence at Annaduff.

In order to maximise the full potential of this fundraising venture, the committee have organised the clubs of the County into four groups of six with a co ordinator appointed to each group. The six clubs in each group will be asked to attend a short meeting to establish the people in their area who would like to participate in this new exciting venture.

The principle of the scheme is patrons buying a bricks or tile on which they can have an inscription bearing their own name, or the name of a loved one, or family member.

Traditionally a large percentage of these type of bricks are bought as presents and with the advent of Christmas quite a number are being used as for Christmas presents. The bricks come in various sizes and are priced accordingly. The bricks will be mounted on a wall at the entrance to the Centre of Excellence and will be viable to commuters passing along the N4.

Work on the production of the wall is expected to start soon so it is vitally important that supporters commit to purchase as soon as possible.

The first of the regional meetings will be held in the Centre of Excellence at Annaduff on this Thursday evening September 20, at 7 30 pm and six clubs are invited to attend. The meetings are as follows

Monday September 24: Drumkeerin

Thursday September 27: Ballinamore

Monday October 1: Carrick on Shannon.

The committee are asking clubs to assist in promoting this venture by attending the meetings and clubs are being notified of the date and time. The Committee want to assure Clubs that there will be no levy applied to clubs and the officers who attend the meeting will not be expected to Contribute.

This is an opportunity for clubs to help the organising Committee to get this project over the line, and provide top class facilities, on a par with anything in the Country for the future generation of Leitrim players.