– but there are more than 1,000 more winners still waiting in the wings.
A longstanding and dedicated Sturt Football Club volunteer, who did not wish to be named, has won the Early Bird prize, taking home a Toyota Yaris Ascent worth over $20,000 supplied by CMI Toyota. Sturt Football Club Chief Executive Officer Sue Dewing said the funds would help upgrade the club’s grandstand.
“In past years we have used what we’ve raised for medical supplies. This year we have raised $10,000 so far and with very little effort on our part,” she said.
“We are so thrilled that one of our volunteers won the Early Bird Community Lottery prize. For years he sold the club’s in-house raffle tickets and for many years he supplied the prizes himself. It seems appropriate that he won.
“People’s Choice is so supportive as 100% of what we sell through the Community Lottery goes back to the club. For the $2 price per ticket there is a lot of benefit. The People’s Choice Community Lottery takes so much stress out of fundraising and it lets us focus on other areas where we really need to focus.”
People’s Choice Credit Union Deputy Chief Executive Officer Darlene Mattiske-Wood said the Community Lottery, which has since 1984 helped more than 10,000 community groups, sporting clubs, schools, charities, volunteer groups and other not-for-profit organisations raise essential funds, has become a fundraising cornerstone.
“We all want our communities to prosper, but the reality is that many groups struggle for funds despite the worthiness of their cause. The People’s Choice Community Lottery has raised more than $19 million since its inception to do just that, and has helped build the communities we all care for,” said Ms Mattiske-Wood.
“People’s Choice organises the prizes, the tickets, and the administration – leaving every group to use every single dollar they raise. We believe that is $19 million well spent,” she said.
“More than 900 organisations are taking part this year, and we have again named Cancer Council SA as our lottery partner. Every ticket purchased goes into the draw for 115 great prizes valued at more than $360,000, including a 2019 Toyota RAV4 GXL, a 2019 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport and an Ultimate Home Package worth $20,263.
“Our Community Lottery business supporters, including CMI Toyota, Harvey Norman, Rossdale Homes and jeweler Everett Brookes, play an essential part in making a difference in our communities,” Ms Mattiske-Wood said.
Tickets for the People’s Choice Community Lottery are available online, at People’s Choice branches or from participating community groups.
In 2017/18 People’s Choice contributed 2.7% of pre-tax profit to corporate community investment – 4.5 times the 0.61% average contribution made by major Australian and New Zealand companies (source: LBG Australia). Including funds raised through the Community Lottery and other programs, People’s Choice generated almost $3 million for the community during the year and made a difference to close to one million Australians.