The parish of Aghavea Aughintaine has launched its 2021 fundraising draw, which has a tractor, cash prizes and a suckler pair up for grabs.
The small rural parish, where agriculture is the primary employer in the area, is situated between counties Fermanagh and Tyrone.
In 2019, PP Fr Brendan Gallagher established a fundraising committee to raise funds over 5 years for renovation works to St Mary’s Brookeborough & St Mary’s Fivemiletown, which both required substantial work.
According to the group, the combined estimated repair bill approaches £850,000.
In the past two years, through various funding efforts and grants, £400,000 has been raised.
Aghavea Aughintaine Parish draw
In 2020, parishioner Tom Hughes, who has restored more than ten classic tractors, contacted the committee to offer a restored Massey TVO as a prize for a draw.
This was subsequently followed up with the offer of a pedigree Limousin heifer which a group of farmers in the parish sponsored, and two further private donations of £1,500 & £500.00 as prizes.
The draw was postponed just before its launch in March 2020 due to covid, but as a result, Kevin put the heifer in-calf and produced a bull calf in May.
However, owing to Covid with the easing of restrictions, the draw was finally launched on Sunday, July 4th, 2021. The group held a tractor run around the parish, and more than 200 tractors participated.
- 1st prize – Restored Massey TVO or cash alternative;
- 2nd prize – Pedigree Limousin cow and calf or cash alternative;
- 3rd prize – £1,500;
- 4th prize – £500.
Tickets are on sale now through the parish’s Facebook page or by messaging the page directly for manual ticket sales.
Alternatively, you can buy your tickets through KlubFunder.
- 1 parish draw ticket – £20;
- 3 parish draw tickets – £50.
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