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Helpers needed for our Mayoral 999 Day

The club is looking for willing helpers, men or women, to assist behind the scenes at the Mayoral 999 Day when Doncaster come to the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, August 18.

It will be the last home game of the regular 2019 Betfred League 1 season and it will form part two of the club’s ‘Awesome August’, which starts seven days earlier when Newcastle Thunder are here in another key game in the battle for promotion.

Fast forward seven days and that’s when we’ll need all the help we can get to put on a show fit for the Mayor of our town, Councillor Ginny Alexander, and her Consort husband Adrian Alexander, who will need no introduction to older fans as an accomplished Roughyeds front-row forward of yesteryear.

Watching the current Oldham side in battle is sure to kindle many happy memories for the Mayor and, especially, for Mr Alexander, or ‘Alex’ as he was popularly known in his rugby league days.

We also hope to have with us the Leader of Oldham Council, Sean Fielding, and the three local MPs, Debbie Abrahams, Jim McMahon and Angela Raynor.

Among the many stalls and activities will be a row of stocks in which non-playing members of the Oldham squad will set themselves up as targets for fans with wet sponges.

Also present will be the Donkeystone Brewery of Greenfield, a new and exciting microbrewery, providing craft ales in the hills of Saddleworth.

Also invited are representatives of the emergency services, Fire, Ambulance and Police.

There will be lots of stalls and activities and our band of volunteers will need to arrive early in the day to help with general duties, with the setting up of stalls and then with the manning of them.

Anyone interested is asked to ring the club as soon as possible on 07904 898 177 and leave name and contact details.

We are also appealing for suitable tombola prizes which will need to be into the office please by August 14.

On and off the field we hope it will be a day to remember — definitely the biggest match-day operation we have ever undertaken.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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