We've just received confirmation that our #4Floodlights4Youth application has won the Aviva Community Fund and will receive almost £25,000 in funding! This is a massive boost for our Club and simply would not have been possible without the help of EVERYONE in the club who rowed behind the #33Teams1Club philosophy to make it the success it was!
We would like to thank the army of club members who really pushed to get the votes in, tagged like mad (Andrea, Liam , Mark & many, many more) & generally pestered people to make sure we topped the poll. Your persistence has really been rewarded!
Our fellow Gaels from the many clubs across Ulster GAA and beyond deserve a special mention as well. Without the help of our 'native' clubs in Armagh GAA, Official Down GAA , Tyrone GAA, Derry GAA, Official Antrim GAA and Fermanagh GAA, we would not have been able to amass >25,000 votes required to make it into the final.
We also say a massive thank you to Aidan Hughes and McGrady Insurance for selecting us this year as their Broker Entry to the Aviva Community Fund. Without their help, guidance and continued support for CarryduffGAC, it is unlikely that we would have made it this far. Please show them your support!
We would also like to thank Steven Cassin & his team at Engage for the massive efforts behind the scenes, in particular for (i) crafting the excellent videos accompanying the application and (ii) developing a superb email campaign, to pull in voters.
A massive thank you is also due to our PRO Philip and Aodh Cormac MacRuairí for really driving the Twitter campaign and ensuring that we received so much exposure and many, many extra votes. Cheers to Kevin Blaney as well, for providing access to his print & media contacts!
Similarly, we would like to thank John Toal for dropping things at a moments notice and overlaying his dulcet tones on our media campaign. We've no doubt that they were instrumental in providing a compelling case to the Aviva judges.
We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Gerard Sergeant & Sandra Hughes for their help behind the scenes, in drafting the original application, honing the responses to the judges and pitching the application perfectly!
Finally, a word of thanks to Mark for co-ordinating the #4Floodlights4Youth application & voting campaign (& to Briege, who had to live with him during it!).
It really was a great example of what we, as a club, can achieve with the #33Teams1Club philosophy!