Win a Volvo with Croí

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Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, is delighted to announce the opportunity to win a brand new Volvo XC40, worth over €40,000 (plus – you get to choose the colour!).

Visit winavolvo.ie to purchase your ticket and be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize. Tickets for the Croí ‘Win a Volvo’ draw are available now for just €20.

The new XC40 is Volvo’s first compact SUV. It is compact but spacious, delivering an excellent drive every time. The XC40 mixes bold looks with stylish interiors, comfortable materials with ingenious storage, class-leading safety and cutting-edge technology. This incredible prize is presented thanks to the kind and loyal support of Kenny Galway and Volvo Cars Ireland. Kenny Galway’s Volvo dealership is located at City North Business Park, Tuam Road, Galway city.

All monies raised will directly support the fight against heart disease and stroke. “The impact of COVID-19 will be felt for a long time to come. Many doctor and hospital appointments and procedures have been delayed or postponed, many people have delayed seeking medical help, and now we have an even greater burden of disease,” says Croí CEO, Neil Johnson.

People living with heart disease and stroke need our support now, more than ever.

Brian Kenny, Kenny Galway, with Christine Flanagan, Croí.
Brian Kenny, Kenny Galway, with Christine Flanagan, Croí.

Please support us. Tickets cost just €20, with bundles of 3 tickets for €50 or 7 tickets for €100. Visit winavolvo.ie to purchase your tickets now. The draw will take place on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021.

Raffle Winners 2020

Golden Ticket Prize Draw

The Annual Croí Golden Ticket Raffle results were announced on Monday, December 21. The draw took place at 4:00pm in Croí House, with a total prize fund of €5,000.

 

Raffle Winners Announced! Huge congratulations to our winners:

1st prize, €2,000 – winner is Brendan Mulligan, Galway
2nd prize, €1,000 – winner is Catherine Owens, Galway
3rd prize, €500 – winner is Tina Connolly, Galway
4th prize, €250 – winner is Jimmy Brennan, Galway
5th prize, €250 – winner is Martin Bourke, Mayo
6th – 15th prize, €100 – winners are: Pat Duffy, Galway; Eoin Kennington, Galway; Marian ní Neachtain. Galway; Teresa Murphy; Michael McElwaine, Donegal; Martin Gaffey, Galway; Anne Treacy, Roscommon; Joey Carroll, Cork; Mason Makensie, Donegal; Alice Cunnane, Mayo.

Seller’s prizes, winning a €500 Corrib Oil voucher: Wilf Regan, Galway; Michael Loughrey, Galway; Maureen Butler, Mayo.

We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Croí Golden Ticket Raffle has raised an incredible €90,000, making this our biggest raffle ever and our biggest fundraising event of 2020!

Thank you to everyone who purchased or sold tickets. This year, we introduced an online option, which allowed our sellers to continue to support this appeal during these “socially-distant” times. We are overwhelmed by the incredible support shown by our loyal supporters after what was our most challenging year in fundraising. A big thanks also to our sponsors Coen Steel and Corrib Oil for their generous support of the prizes.

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Support Croí’s Golden Ticket Raffle this Christmas

A message from Christine Flanagan, Croí’s Director of Fundraising

As we come to the end of this hard year, I hope you and your loved ones are safe, and that you’ll be able to be with each other at Christmas.

Sharon and her husband, Noel

However, Christmas isn’t an easy time for some. Sharon used to love Christmas, but she says, “Ever since my mum died of a heart attack, it’s been hard. She was too young!”

Watching a family member suffer is a heart-breaking experience. That’s why, with your help, Croí Heart and Stroke Charity acts as a safe haven to families whose loved ones have been rushed to hospital for emergency heart or stroke care.

COVID-19 has upended the entire world, and Croí is no exception. People with heart disease who get COVID-19 can be at a much greater risk. Yet most of the events that usually support our work have been cancelled. That’s why, this year, our annual Golden Ticket Raffle campaign is more important than ever.

Tickets are just €5, with a €5,000 cash fund. Most importantly, each ticket you sell will help Croí keep families like Sharon’s together.

Sharon hasn’t only been the terrified loved one of a patient. She’s been a patient fearing for her life, too. Two years ago, when Sharon was just 40, a cardiac stress test showed she had a heart condition so serious her doctor said she shouldn’t even go home. She was told to go straight to Galway University Hospital for further tests and evaluation.

At Galway, it was discovered that Sharon needed immediate surgery to insert a cardiac stent to prevent a heart attack. She was kept in hospital for her safety.

Sharon was terribly frightened and anxious. She needed her family, especially her husband Noel, to be with her. But they lived five hours away in Donegal. The idea of staying in an expensive Galway hotel indefinitely with the whole family just added unnecessary stress.

Sharon and Noel

When one of Sharon’s nurses saw how distressed Noel was to go back to Donegal so far away, she called Croí. The nurse knew that, thanks to you, we provide over 100 families a year a place to stay in Galway at the Courtyard Apartments at Croí House, where they can be close to loved ones during cardiac treatments. These apartments are funded entirely by donations from people like you and fundraisers like the Golden Ticket Raffle.

This made all the difference. Noel could be with Sharon all day long, and return to a private apartment to shower, sleep and recover. And he was able to bring Caitlín, Sharon’s oldest daughter, with him from Donegal.

Caitlín told me, “That meant so much to me. I was unsettled at home in Donegal, with Mum in the hospital. I felt much better in Galway with her.”

Sharon’s fears were relieved with Noel and her daughter nearby.

Sharon’s dad was so grateful for what Croí did for his daughter and her family, he wanted to do his part. He held an epic fundraiser for Croí, driving his 1961 Vintage Tractor from Mizen Head to Malin Head to raise €12,000 to help prevent heart disease!

Tragically, not long after his amazing effort, Sharon’s dad had a heart attack himself and passed away — despite having no prior symptoms. In addition to her grief about losing a second parent to heart disease, Sharon also became worried about Noel, who had high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

So when Croí opened HeartLink West, a special telephone helpline, in May, Sharon and Noel called. Together with the nurses of HeartLink West, Sharon and Noel’s family came up with a plan to address and improve Noel’s health concerns. As they need continued consultation, Sharon’s mind is put at ease, knowing that the support they need is only a phone call away.

Sharon and Family

The impact of heart disease on a single family like Sharon’s shows just how common it is in Ireland, and how critical Croí’s mission is. Sharon lives every day with the pain of loss, and worries about her own health. She is terrified for the health of her loved ones.

She asked me to tell you, “Please do whatever you can for Croí! It’s a great cause!”

What would help so much right now is for you to help make our Golden Ticket Raffle a huge success this Christmas. Each ticket costs just €5, and there are so many great cash prizes to win, with a total prize fund of €5,000!

It’s easy to sell tickets to friends, neighbours or work colleagues, and we now have an online option. Just go to www.croi.ie/raffle and enter your unique ID#. You can also buy tickets for yourself or use them as gifts. The raffle takes place on the 21st of December, so there’s time to request more tickets. The more tickets you have, the more chances you have to win amazing cash prizes. And every ticket you sell helps provide education, lifestyle programs, cardiac research, and support services like HeartLink West — as well as a comforting place to stay at Courtyard Apartments for families who are dealing with fear and stress.

You’ll help heart patients and families, too, so please sell as many Golden Tickets as you can and return the funds in the enclosed envelope. Every Golden Ticket counts!

Sincerely,

Christine Flanagan

Director of Fundraising

Croí 2019 raffle winners announced!

Much-needed funds raised to support stroke survivors

The Annual Croí Golden Ticket Raffle results were announced on Wednesday, December 18, with 90-year-old Peg Murrin from Co. Donegal winning the top prize of €2,000! The second prize of €1,000 went to Claire Connolly from Oranmore, now living in Australia. Claire’s Grandmother Julie, a stroke survivor and member of Croí’s Stroke Support Group, purchased the ticket for her granddaughter.

The draw took place at 1:30pm in Croí House, with a total prize fund of €5,000.

An incredible €65,000 was raised through Croí’s annual Christmas fundraiser, with funds going to support stroke survivors and their carers. With thanks to generous donors, Croí is able to offer free stroke support services, including specialised physical activity programmes and support groups.

Former Garda Sergeant John Kelly from Cregmore, Co. Galway pulled the winning names from the draw. John survived a stroke eight years ago and now receives specialist support from the Croí Health Team, including communication sessions with a Speech and Language Therapist.

The winners of the 2019 Croí Golden Ticket Draw:

  • 1st prize, €2,000 – winner is Peg Murrin, Donegal
  • 2nd prize, €1,000 – winner is Claire Connolly, Australia
  • 3rd prize, €500 – winner is Ursula Dineen, Sligo
  • 4th prize, €250 – winner is Ultan McDonagh, Galway
  • 5th prize, €250 – winner is Kevin Cume, Co Clare

6th – 15th prize, €100 – winners are Marie Partridge, Dublin; Thomas Walsh, Mayo; Flan Tierney, Clare; Margaret McLaughlan, Donegal;  William Quinn; Marie Darcy, Galway; Marian Carey, Donegal; David Kavanagh, Galway; Derek Kennedy, Galway; Hugh Martyn, Galway.

Seller’s prizes: Sr Margaret Coyle, Galway; Kathleen Heraty, Mayo; Kathleen Joyce, Galway.

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets – your support helps us continue to help stroke survivors and their families. Special thank you to our Golden Ticket Raffle prize fund sponsor Coen Steel for their generous support, and Corrib Oil for sponsoring the sellers prizes.

Pictured from left: David Coen, Coen Steel, our Golden Ticket Raffle Prize Sponsor; special guest, Santa; John Kelly, member of Croí’s Stroke Support Group.
Pictured from left: David Coen, Coen Steel, our Golden Ticket Raffle Prize Sponsor; special guest, Santa; John Kelly, member of Croí’s Stroke Support Group.
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