€25,000 up for grabs in chopper football drop

Promoting the Firies Big Drop fundraiser were, from left, Niall Donohue, club chairman Tom Kelliher, David Clifford, Jack Sherwood and Padraig De Brun
with, at back, Jer Foley, James Daly, Tim Clifford and Brendan Spring

Most clubs set out on a new season hoping to avoid the big drop – but Firies GAA Club is actually embracing the prospect with great enthusiasm.

The club is planning a novel fundraising initiative which will see a helicopter dropping 10 footballs on to a football pitch from a height and the holders of the lucky tickets that match the designated grids where they land will be in line for a bumper cash prize.

Firies Football, Hurling and Ladies’ Football Club has launched has launched the novel project to help finance the development of their new playing facilities while also raising funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance Service and the vital work they provide throughout the country.

The club has grounds and facilities at Páirc Eamonn in Farranfore but, due to the substantial growth in membership over the past 10 years, the grounds can is struggling to accommodate all teams from the rapidly growing mid-Kerry hinterland.

The Community Air Ambulance will benefit from the fundraiser which will see 10 footballs dropped on to the GAA pitch

The club has secured planning permission for a new training facility, adjacent to Firies village, which includes grass pitches and a community walking track and the Firies Big Drop fundraiser, with prizes worth €25,000, will help finance the work.

On Saturday, October, 1st the club grounds in Farranfore will be virtually divided into a grid with 4,000 squares and taking advantage of the club’s proximity to Kerry Airport, a helicopter will fly over Páirc Eamonn, dropping 10 balls.

Each ticket sold will be allocated a random grid box and, depending on where they land, there are prizes of €10,000, €5,000, €2,500, €1,500 and six €1,000 giveaways up for grabs on the day.

At the fundraiser launch, club chairman, Tom Kelliher, said they are in a fortunate position of experiencing phenomenal growth but substantial funds are now needed to ignite the spark in Firies.

“We believe this fundraiser will help Firies secure the future for our players and community for years to come,” he said.

Ladies’ club finance committee official, Tim Clifford, added: “10 per cent of all profits form the fundraiser will go to the Community Air Ambulance to acknowledge the phenomenal work that they are doing, not only in Firies but beyond”.

Tickets for the Firies Big Drop are on sale now from https://pallaslotteries.ie/firiesbigdrop and they are priced at €50 per ticket.

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