It will be raining golf balls at Moama football ground on Saturday. The event is a fundraiser for the James McQuillan Future Fund.LUKE MCMANUS July 16, 2014 3:59am
Fundraising efforts for injured Echuca footballer James McQuillan will reach new heights during Saturday’s Murray Football League clash between Moama and Echuca United.
A bumper crowd is expected at Moama Recreation Reserve to witness the town’s first helicopter golf ball drop, an initiative adopted by those behind the James McQuillan Future Fund.
The glorified raffle will see up to 1500 golf balls dropped (all at once) from a hovering helicopter onto the main oval during half-time.
The ball which finishes closest to the makeshift pin — located in the middle of the oval — will award the winning ticketholder $5000 in prizemoney.
Punters who bought the next four closest balls will win $100, or $200 if present on the day, while the furthest will collect a handy $500.
The unusual fundraising idea was taken from Albury Football Club which has held similar events in the past as part of the club’s annual major raffle.
Albury provided the numbered balls for this weekend’s event while, under the approval of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, a pilot will travel up from Melbourne to pilot the chopper, which is set to take off from the neighbouring soccer oval.
Stewards will help clear the oval at the end of the second quarter and attendees are encouraged to stay well clear of the playing surface even after the end of the raffle.
An impartial judge has been chosen and will determine the winners set to share in the overall prize pool donated by Moama Bowling Club.
About 800 golf balls have been sold with the remainder available for purchase between now and an hour before the drop.
Tickets are $25 each and are available by calling Johanna Nesbitt on 0418 599 210 or Ryan Brady on 0439 103 105.
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