Fundraising of a different kind for Rugby League Club

The Cootamundra Rugby League Football Club is preparing for a fundraiser of a different kind, with a helicopter to drop up to 1500 miniature footballs on Les Boyd Oval.

The balls can be purchased by community members at a cost of $25 each. 

A pin will be placed on the field and the owner of the ball number which lands closest to the pin will take home $10,000.

A further $100 each will be given to the next 10 closest balls. 

Tickets are available now and can be purchased from Central Hotel, Family Hotel, Harris Tyre Service, Heritage Motel, E’Claires Coffee Shop, Cootamundra Butchery and Wattle Butchery. 

Football Club committee member Dave Harris is encouraging people to get on board and purchase their tickets now. 

“This is not only the first time we (the football club) have done anything like this, but the first time it has happened in Cootamundra,” Mr Harris said. 

The football drop will take place on Saturday, July 15 in conjunction with a home game against the Temora Dragons. 

Pilot Colin De Pagter and Heli Surveys in Jindabyne are supporting the fundraising event with the football drop presently scheduled to take place at about 3pm – between reserve and first grade. 

Mr Harris stipulated that the winner does not have to be present on the day, however encouraged all rugby league fans and interested community members to attend to witness firsthand the spectacle that will be the helicopter drop.

He said fundraising is an important part of keeping any football club going. 

“All clubs need to fundraise to keep football in the bush alive,” Mr Harris said. 

“It is important we (the senior club) are here so the junior league players have somewhere to go; Cootamundra has a strong junior league club and we want players to have the option to play in their hometown into the future,” he continued.