A TEESSIDE charity, community group or school can win a visit from two Boro stars – and £2,500!
That’s the top prize in the third £10,000 Goalden Giveaway, with 10 of the best local causes set to benefit to the tune of at least £500.
The £10,000 fund is being made available by Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, a charitable movement that includes Middlesbrough FC and club chairman Steve Gibson’s firm Bulkhaul among its patrons.
The money will be split between 10 charities, community groups and schools – with dozens of local good causes expected to apply to make the shortlist.
The initiative follows similar Goalden Giveaways that attracted applications from almost nearly 100 organisations across Teesside.
Tees Valley Wheelchair Sports Club topped the first poll to win £2,500 and a visit from Boro stars to their Middlesbrough centre, before Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club topped the second poll to win £2,500 and a visit from MFC coach Aitor Karanka.
Foundation chairman and lifelong Boro fan Andy Preston will be joined by MFC’s chief operating officer Mark Ellis in leading a selection panel that faces the tough task of choosing the 10-strong shortlist.
Boro fans and supporters of the good causes will then have an opportunity to vote via the Foundation’s official website at www.teessidecharity.org.uk for the good cause they believe most deserves the money.
The charity receiving most votes will receive £2,500 together with a visit from two Boro stars.
The second-placed charity will receive £1,500 and those placed third to fifth £1,000. There’ll be £750 for the charities getting the sixth and seventh most votes and £500 for the remaining good causes.
Cheques will be presented at an event at the Riverside Stadium.
Andy said: “Thanks to Boro’s support, our first two £10,000 Goalden Giveaways proved to be hugely popular – so we’ve decided to do it all again!
“It’s an exciting way to donate money to some of Teesside’s amazing community groups that need our help, get the public involved in our Foundation and raise the profile of our charity and the various community groups that take part.
To apply to take part, organisations should send an email, titled £10,000 Goalden Giveaway, to email@example.com, giving up to 300 words about their organisation and how they would spend the money.
Successful previous Goalden Giveaway applicants cannot apply a second time.
Those applying should include their name, title, organization, email and telephone number. The deadline for entries is Friday, October 24, 2014. The online vote is expected to take place from late October.
Along with Boro and Bulkhaul, the Philanthropic Foundation’s generous corporate patrons include AV Dawson, Active Financial Services, Devereux Transport, SABIC, Evolution, Stockton Machine Company, Henderson Insurance Brokers, Ecco Finishing Supplies, Visualsoft, First Choice Labels, Endeavour Partnership, Onyx Group, Unasys, Cleveland Cable Company, Macks Solicitors, px Group, Glanbia Nutritionals, Cool Blue and Erimus Insurance Brokers.
Individual patrons are Andy Preston, Nigel Williams, Ian Tracey, John McCullagh, Rob McLaughlin, Ali Miremadi, Steve Nichols, Barney Ord, Bill Scott, Simon Scotchbrook and the Sizer Family.