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Fundraising for City

From 21st Sept match programme

Trust News from the match programme (21/09/04)


As we all know, through the Trust, over million was raised to help Save City in 2002/03.  When the Trusts next audited accounts are published ahead of the December AGM, they will show that in the 2003/04 season the Trust donated a further 43,000 to the Club a vital contribution in a season when cash was very tight.  So far this season, the Trust has been able to make further donations to the Club of 8,000.  Again, this makes Citys Trust one of the most successful trusts in the country there are now 117 supporters trusts in the UK.  All of this is only possible because of the fantastic fundraising efforts of Citys supporters.  Thanks to all those whove contributed in whatever way and particularly to those who have helped organise events.  The Trusts target for 2004/05 is 30,000so theres still a lot of work to do and (hopefully) a lot of fun to be had along the way.  To anyone out there with a fundraising idea, please do get in touch with the Fundraising Team, led by Kirsten Gillies (via the Club or Kirsten@ycst.org.uk).  Even better, just get on and do it!


 


It should also be recognised that the members of Citys Trust are not alone in their fundraising efforts.  In particular, the Youth Development Fund (i.e. City & Junior Reds) have been around for several years and over that time have raised more than 100,000 in aid of City.  And the Lottery folk have stepped up a gear over the past year or so to help bring in funds for City from a wider audience than the regular City fans.  In addition, the wealth of Minstermen supporter groups that have sprung up around the county and country over the past couple of years bodes well for future fundraising for York City.


 


A mention of a few successful events that have been organised in aid of the Trust and York City:



  • Teamselecta is now up and running for 2004/05 and has almost 300 entrants.  The prize money will be 700, with a further 700 being contributed to Trust coffers.  Thanks to Mike Grant, Christine & David Marshall and Alan Harris, who all help to make it happen.

  • The Summer 2004 Family Treasure Hunt was organised by City fan Ian Tyssen.  His commitment and enthusiasm is much appreciated and is clearly demonstrated by the success and popularity of what Ian organised.  Several local businesses had contributed prizes and over 800 was raised for the benefit of City.  Ian is planning for the Treasure Hunt to return again in 2005 and would appreciate any suggestions and offers of help (ian.tyssen@btinternet.com).

  • The 2nd Annual Keith Walwyn 6-aside tournament took place a few months ago now.  The event raised over 1,000, with half of the proceeds going to the Trust and the other half being donated to the Blackpool Hospital Cardiology Fund, in memory of Citys great goalscorer.  The event was (again) ably organised by the Willis brothers and several other City supporters contributed towards making the event the great success it was.

  • This years York City annual Christmas Dinner/Dance will take place on 15th December in the Dante Suite at York Racecourse.  So popular was last years celebration that guests are encouraged to book early.  The inaugural event last raised over 3,000 for the Trust which was subsequently donated to the Club to fund training equipment for the players.  Booking forms are available via www.ycst.org.uk or from BC.

 


None of these events would be possible without the efforts of dedicated City fans.  For many, the motivation and commitment is made even harder when things arent going well on-the-pitch.  Lots of people have lots of things to do in life and it would be easy to turn away.  Fortunately, many City fans are made of sterner stuff than that, particularly after the harsh realities of the past 2-3 years.


 


Whilst not fundraising, but still on the theme of Citys dedicated supporters and volunteers, thanks go to the Election Working Group who have been working to organise this years Trust Board elections.  The group is chaired by Trust Secretary Stan Collins and comprises Carol Abel, Wendy Dawson, Matthew Flint, David Hall, Laurence Kay, Ruth Laird, Chris Laird, Frank Ormston, Dave Potter and Tim Wills.  The Returning Officer is a representative from the Huddersfield Town Supporters Trust.  Thanks go to everyone for the important role they are playing in helping to organise the election process in a fair and transparent manner.


 


There will be four Trust Board positions up for grabs.  Existing Board Members Steve Beck, Mike Brown, Terry Herbert and Richard Snowball will be required to stand down and can, if they choose, stand for re-election.  You have to be a Trust member by 30th September to be able to be nominated and/or vote in the Trust Board elections so if youve not joined or re-joined yethurry up!  Please do consider standing for election if you are interested in being part of the business of running the Trust and the Club.  York City relies on volunteers and the elections to the Board of the Clubs holding company the Trust are a very important part of that involvement.  Nominations and any member resolutions for the AGM must be submitted by 15th October.


 


For more information about fundraising events, the Trust Board election and AGM or any other City business (of the off-the-pitch variety), please visit www.ycst.org.uk


 

 
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