A NEW raffle is to be launched by members of a charitable organisation in a bid to give other groups a financial boost.
The Rotary Club of Hartlepool is putting the final touches to a new initiative which will see charities, organisations and other good causes sell tickets for a major raffle and then keep 90 per cent of the money they take.
Members of the Rotary Club say the raffle, which will have prizes worth a minimum of £1,000, will be drawn in mid August and they are urging groups to get in touch.
They hope to help raise somewhere between £5,000 and £10,000 for good causes in the town on the back of the ticket sales.
Ted Jackson, communications officer at the Rotary Club, said: “As a result of the ever increasing financial cutbacks which now affect all sections of our community, the Rotary Club of Hartlepool is proposing to run a raffle for the specific benefit of local charities and other local good causes.
“The Rotary Club is to provide a minimum of £1,000 worth of prizes.
“It is hoped that retailers will also assist by selling prizes to the club at close to or at their net cost.
“We hope the raffle will run over a three month period, during April, May, June to avoid other excellent raffles currently run during the autumn and Christmas periods.”
David Barker, president of the Rotary Club, said: “If it is successful then the club could make this an annual event as we want to help groups get some financial help.”
Members of the Rotary Club have stressed that any group wishing to benefit must sell the raffle tickets and that there will be no minimum or maximum amount of tickets to sell. It is expected that the tickets will cost 20p each or £1 for a book and the group would receive 90 per cent of the money they take.
The remaining 10 per cent will go to the Rotary Club to cover costs and anything left over will be re-distributed to good causes across Hartlepool.
Members of the Rotary Club have also been celebrating Rotary International Day, which takes place on February 23, and aims to eradicate polio across the world. They have had information stands in the foyers of supermarkets across town.
The Rotary Club meets every Monday at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, at 5.45pm and new members are always welcome.
Any charities or good causes wishing to take part in the raffle should call Ted Jackson on (01429) 293648 or Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA) on (01429) 262641.