The Paddock National School Development Fund Monster Draw takes place this week as part of an ongoing fundraiser for a badly needed new car park for the school.
And the winner of the top prize will be on their way to Spain to see Ronaldo and other soccer superstars strut their stuff in Madrid.
Paddock NS, near Mountrath, is relatively small four teacher school with about 80 pupils.
Due to its rural locaiton, parking there is no parking at the school but this has created a treacherous situation for all parents, pupils and staff who communute to and from the school every day.
According Ms Bernadette Fitzpatrick addressing the problem is costly.
“Such a project requires much financial backing, as we envisage the cost of the project will be in excess of €50,000.
“As you can imagine, for a small rural school, with limited families, this is a vast undertaking. Through foundraising events, the funraising committee hope to realise the majority of the debt,” said the principal in an appeal for support.
One of the fundraising responses was a glamarous monster draw with a strong sporting flavour.
On Friday, February 9 at Tom’s Bar, Mountrath 9pm the big draw will be made.
The first prize is two tickets, flights and two nights accommodation to see Real Madrid play their neighbours Athletico Madrid in the Spainish captial on April 8 this year. Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale star for Real Madrid.
Second prize is three trailer loads of seasoned firewood worth €600 sponsored by Brophy Timber Services.
Third prize is a dinner for two in Ballyfin House eight course tasting menu.
There are many more excellant prizes on the night.
All support is very welcome. Tickets for the draw costing €10 each will be available on the night and in advance.
The principal says any business that lends support to the car park project will be recognised within the school or car park.
Ms Fitzpatrick thanks everybody for their help.
“Your generosity and assistance in helping us to attain this much needed facility will aid in ensuraing the safety of all who come in contact with this school over the coming years,” she said.