NSA Scottish Region raffles
Given the success of the 2018/2019 raffle, NSA Scottish Region immediately launched efforts to repeat it – selling tickets in autumn 2019 with the intention of beating it’s previous record of more than 6,200 tickets purchased before the Royal Highland Show 2020. However, this was not to be – as Covid-19 hit and events/face-to-face opportunities to sell tickets were brought to an abrupt halt. After much deliberation, the decision was taken to cancel the raffle. The small number of people who purchased a ticket were contacted and offered a refund. For anyone not taking up the offer of a refund, their £1 raffle ticket purchase was converted into a donation to RSABI in September 2021. No money was retained by NSA Scottish Region.
Between October 2018 and the final day of the Royal Highland Show (Sunday 23rd June 2019), NSA Scottish Region and supporting sheep breed societies sold thousands of raffle tickets for one lucky individual to win a Honda TRX 420FM1 all-terrain vehicle.
The winner was Gordon Rennie, who farms with his family at Newmill Keith, Aberdeenshire, running 1,000 sheep and 60 cattle. He was delighted to win the prize – and given that his daughter, Zoey, bought the winning ticket on his behalf, it was only appropriate she went to collect it a month or so later. Zoey Rennie had purchased the ticket at the Royal Highland, just days before the draw was held, where she had been part of a professional shearing display using a bicycle-powered shearing set-up in the NSA marquee. Accompanied by her dog Mac, she collected the prize from AM Philip Agritech, the family’s local authorized Honda dealer. Click here for more.
In addition to NSA Scottish Region selling tickets, to raise money to help fund its work providing a voice for the Scottish sheep sector, the opportunity was also given to sheep breed societies to sell tickets and raise money for their own efforts. All NSA-affiliated sheep societies were given the opportunity to sell tickets, receiving 60p back for every £1 raised, with the added incentive of the society selling the most tickets winning a Honda EU22 generator. This was the Cheviot Sheep Society. Click here for more. Both the quad bike and generator prizes were only possible due to the incredibly generous sponsorship of Honda (UK).