It all started with me winning a Munster Rugby Jersey, and not really knowing what to do with it. Sell it on, I thought, and give the money to an animal charity.
Then I had a better idea : raffle it off. Much more fun for all my colleagues in the office, and probably a little more money for the charity. I had given money to the Animal Care Society Cork before, after I had sold some cakes in the office.
That got me thinking … surely I could combine the raffle with a bake sale, and make it a bit more of an event? I started talking to my colleague Margherita, who is very involved in animal welfare as well. The office also had had a jumble sale about a year ago, which was a success. We thought we could repeat that as well.
After asking around, we received several vouchers and some bottles of champagne to be prizes for the raffle, with the Munster Rugby Jersey to be top prize. One of our managers even promised to get the Jersey signed by a member of the Munster Rugby team.
We announced the event to the office 2 weeks in advance, to give everyone time to find stuff at home they no longer needed and to buy tickets. The sale of the tickets went amazingly well, although I had the distinct feeling that most people were after the 2nd price, the champagne.
On the big day, we set up what cakes we brought in the kitchen. There was a Lemon Drizzle Cake, a big batch of Tiramisu and Banana & Fudge Muffins (and yes, they were all as yummy as they sound). We also arranged and prized the items for the jumble sale.
The response was somewhat overwhelming… by the time I got round to take pictures, the only thing left of the lemon cake were some crumbs on the tray, and the muffins had been greatly reduced in number.
The raffle was held at 3pm, with a voucher for Brown Thomas going to our office fashion queen, and the champagne to our legal department. A colleague from order management won the Jersey, which is now going to be a christmas present for a special someone.
All in all, we raised €274.00 for the Animal Care Society Cork.
The ACS would like to send a huge thank you to Brigitte for organising a fundraiser for the animals in our care. You made their Christmas a little brighter!