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Open Thread: What's the most you've done to raise funds for your club?

Shaved your head or ran a marathon with a fridge on your back, we want to know.

Sky-diving is becoming a popular method of fund-raising.
Sky-diving is becoming a popular method of fund-raising.
Image: Shutterstock/Sky Antonio

ON THE SURFACE, dinosaurs, dodos and dinner dances may not appear to have a lot in common but the latter, once a staple of the GAA fundraising scene, is now as extinct as the first two.

In 2017, it’s all white-collar boxing and Strictly Come Dancing in an effort to raise much-needed funds for local clubs.

But, today, we want to know what’s the furthest you’ve gone for your club. Have you run a 10km backwards? Have you swum up the river Barrow?

Let us know in the comments section below but, to get you thinking, here are some of the strangest fundraising schemes we’ve come across in recent times:

Dalkey Dating

Source: Cuala Hurlers

As winners of this year’s All-Ireland senior club hurling championship, Cuala GAA club in Dalkey are, perhaps, one of the best known clubs in the country. But even they need to revert to creative fundraising from time to time.

To raise funds in 2015, they auctioned off dates with some of their senior stars, even setting up Tinder profiles to help with the bidding.

Pick a poo

Source: Skerries GAA

This is a tradition GAA clubs are starting to borrow from other areas and the idea is simple… if a little bit gross.

You buy squares in a field for €100. At a set day and time a cow is let loose in that field. Nature will take its course and, wherever the cow does her business takes home the prize with the club getting a cut of the proceeds.

Win a shed

Source: Park Ratheniska GAA Club

A couple of years ago, Park/Ratheniska GAA club in Laois put their own twist on a traditional raffle when they gave away the prize of a shed.

Now, a shed isn’t the kind of thing you think you want until someone tells you that you can win one for a fiver and it attracted interest from all over the country before a Kerry man took home the prize.

But what’s the furthest you’ve ever gone for your club? Let us know below.

For clubs who are dreaming even bigger when it comes to fundraising, Lottoland’s #ClubPlay is a new fundraising initiative open to sports clubs of any code across Ireland. With #ClubPlay, clubs receive 7% of all lottery sales to their supporters who sign up via the special club page. For more information visit www.lottoland.ie/clubplay.

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