In a major fund-raising drive Donegal GAA are to bring all the county’s fund-raising arms under the one umbrella.
Under the plan, which was unveiled by county treasurer, Cieran Kelly, at Tuesday night’s monthly Donegal county committee, it has been decided to re-brand Club Tir Chonaill and Club Donegal under the one name.
The new fund-raising arm is to be called ‘Our Donegal’ and will take over all fund-raising activities of the county for both physical and games development.
“The aim of ‘Our Donegal’ is to promote Donegal GAA across all codes in conjunction with the Donegal GAA county board,” the treasurer told the committee.
“It is to help with the fund-raising activities for the running of the county, both for the completion of the Centre of Excellence and also for the promotion of both football and hurling in the county, and to help and promote brand Donegal and to establish ‘Our Donegal’ as the vehicle for the promotion of Donegal GAA activities.”
The target for 2014 is to raise €180,000, with €100,000 of that to go towards the completion of the county’s Centre of Excellence in Convoy,with the remaining €80,000 to be split 50/50 between county team training funds and the development of underage football and hurling.
There are four different category of membership from ordinary membership, junior membership to corporate and a category described by the treasurer as patrons.
Members will all receive a membership card and a specially commissioned Donegal hat and they will also enter a monthly draw for €2,000, with a top prize of €1,000 down to an eighth prize.
The final details of the breakdown of the prizes and the costs of the various category of membership is in the final stages of being finalised.
‘Our Donegal’ will be chaired by the county treasurer and will be made up of a number of GAA people from around the county from a number of different backgrounds with an interest in Donegal GAA.
The proposal received the unanimous backing of county committee. The treasurer confirmed to the Democrat yesterday that it is hoped to officially launch ‘Our Donegal’ in the next week or so.