Draw offers chance to win dream holiday

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The Airdrie Knights of Columbus has launched a new campaign to raise money for local charities, providing plenty of opportunities for supporters to potentially win the vacation of a lifetime.

Licensed by the Alberta Gaming Commission, the Airdrie Dream Vacation Draw offers 600 tickets for $120 each. According to Wayne MacGillivary with the Airdrie Knights of Columbus, there will be a drawing each month between April and December where winners will receive a $2,500 travel gift card.

“With each drawing, we’ll also draw four draws for $120,” he said. “So even if you don’t win the dream vacation, you could still win your money back.”

The gift cards are from Carlson Wagonlit, MacGillivary said, and do not expire. They can be used for any type of travel expense, according to MacGillivary – all-inclusive vacations, cruises, international flights or even a train pass. Winners do also have the option of receiving 80 per cent of the card’s value as cash.

“While there are some great prizes to be won, this draw is helping to support not only the Knights of Columbus, but also some other important community organizations,” MacGillivary said. “The money we raise will go to a number of different locations.”

Once the cost of the prizes is accounted for, proceeds from the draw will be donated to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, which the Airdrie Knights of Columbus belongs to, as well as a variety of community groups. In the past, the Knights of Columbus has supported the Airdrie Food Bank, Airdrie and District Hospice Society, and has provided a number of bursaries and youth sporting events for students at both Catholic and public schools in the area.

“One of the mottos of the Knights of Columbus is about charity, giving back to the community and to the church,” MacGillivary said. “That’s what we do, all the money is returned back to the community in some form.”

Tickets can be purchased from any Knights of Columbus member, or from the Parish Hall at St. Paul’s throughout the week and after masses on Saturday and Sunday. They can also be bought online, at airdriedreamvacation.ca, and MacGillivary noted there is even the option to set up a pre-authorized payment.

“If the ticket price is too much for someone to pay at once, they can set it up so that for every draw, $10 comes out of your account,” he said. “We’re only selling 600 tickets, but we really hope to sell all 600.”

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