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Rainbow tee-shirts still available by popular demand

OUR rainbow-coloured tee-shirts which we are selling as the club’s tribute to the wonderful work of the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic have proved so popular that we have re-opened the order book for anyone who would like to buy one this week.

Half the profits from sales will go to local NHS charities as our way of saying a heartfelt ‘thank-you’ to the wonderful and courageous job the NHS has done on the front-line during this absolutely unprecedented demands on its doctors, nurses, paramedics and thousands of others who work in support roles and who have also put their own lives at risk for the welfare of others.

Our first bulk order, of 118 tee-shirts, was not only widely supported locally (see elsewhere on this website and social media platforms), but attracted interest from many parts of the UK.

Said club chairman Chris Hamilton:

“We have had lots of messages from people who not only love the tee-shirts, but also welcome what we are doing in terms of supporting the NHS.

“Since the first wave of shirts have gone out and people have started to wear them and show them off we have had a lot more inquiries so we have made them available again until 5pm this Saturday, July 25.

“We will then put in another bulk order and we would expect them to be with us in about a couple of weeks from the order going in.”

Made of durable polyester, the tee-shirt is designed on similar lines to our 2020 home kit, but with some major differences.

Not only does it have the NHS logo prominently displayed on the front, but the white hoops on this year’s home kit have been replaced with the now familiar rainbow colours associated with the NHS.

The normal club crest on the left breast has been replaced with the new blue badge which we launched a few months ago to show our initial appreciation of the NHS and other key workers.

Price of the tee-shirt is £29 for all sizes, from small boys (and girls) all the way up to 6XL.

They can be pre-ordered via the online store from now until 5pm on Saturday.

You can opt to pay for postage or collect from the club if you’re local. As soon as they are available for collection, details will be publicised, as they were for shirts purchased in the first wave of activity.


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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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