Pictured at the launch of the Mount Sion GAA Club 20K Drop which takes place on Feb. 24th., 2108 at 8pm at the Tower Hotel were John O’Gorman and John O’Gorman Snr., Ellickson Doors, (sponsor), with Mount Sion GAA Club GAA All-Stars Austin Gleeson, Tony Browne, Jim Greene and Ken McGrath. Photo: John Power.
Mount Sion GAA club will stage a massive fundraiser in February called the 20K drop, based on the popular UK show “The Million Pound Drop”. Speaking at the launch of the fundraiser, which was held in the Mount Sion Centre last Wednesday night (Jan 24), committee members Eoin Fanning and Kenny Stafford said that the concept “was a wonderful idea for a fundraiser”.
“I first saw the game locally in Mooncoin School, who were working with a company called Pallas Marketing on utilising it as a fundraiser,” Eoin said. “I thought it would be a brilliant idea but didn’t necessarily think that I’d be the man to drive it on… so I delegated to Kenny and his team.”
“We’ve worked with Pallas Marketing before on a game called ‘Who wants to be a Thousandaire’ and that was very successful for us,” Kenny said. “The 20k drop is a brilliant show and on the night, random people will be picked from the audience and will have a chance to win €2,500 each.”
The crowd at the launch night were treated to a demonstration of how the game works by former All-Star Ken McGrath. Ken was given €2,500 in cash and had to face eight questions, and hope that he still had some of his money left at the end. A question would be asked and four possible answers would appear on screen. Ken was asked at the start, “How many legs does a spider have?” It looked for a moment like he would fall at the first hurdle and then he placed the lot on the right answer. He wasn’t so sure about who Bertie Ahern succeeded as Taoiseach so he put half his money on John Bruton and half on Albert Reynolds. In the end, thanks to some prompting from the audience, he walked away with one thousand virtual euros.
“On the night, the contestant will have noise cancelling headphones so they won’t be able to hear any prompting from the audience,” Kenny explained. “The questions won’t be that tricky and each person that goes up will have a legitimate chance to walk away with €2,500.”
Speaking at the launch, Mount Sion GAA Chairman Peter Walsh said that the fundraiser was vital to the “continued successful running of the club”.
“We don’t charge our kids for playing with Mount Sion GAA. There is no membership fee, hurleys and travel are subsidised and generally we make it as affordable as possible to help the kids of Waterford City play with Mount Sion,” Peter said. “That’s where a lot of our fundraising goes, to make sure that the kids get to play and we provide the facilities for them. We have to thank all our sponsors for this event, names that pop up again and again when we need support and we genuinely wouldn’t be where we were if it wasn’t for their generous support.”
Ex Waterford and Mount Sion legend Jim Greene told a story that highlighted the importance of fundraising for Mount Sion GAA.
“In 1934, we won a Minor Championship and the club requested from the County Board that they give them the money instead of the medals,” Jim said. “They gave them £10… which shows that even 80 years ago, money is so vital to the running of a club.”
Tickets are now on sale for the 20K Drop in aid of Mount Sion GAA, which takes place in The Tower Hotel on Saturday Night, February 24. For more information, or to get your hands on some tickets, and a chance to win €2,500, see www.mountsiongaa.ie or look up the 20K drop event page on Facebook or indeed the Mount Sion GAA page.