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    FINAL UPDATE - Speedmaster+++ Charity Raffle for Young Minds + Spread a Smile

    Charity Raffle for Spread a Smile and Young Minds

    Omega Speedmaster Professional, Formex Essence, Yema Spacegraf, Seiko Prospex, FIVE Casioaks and a Big Orange Lump
    Tickets £20 a pop


    January 2022 marks 5 years since Lauraís treatment for kidney cancer concluded. It is a significant landmark because she is now considered to be in long-term remission.

    We are elated that her childhood cancer has not returned, although the physical and mental health after-effects are considerable and both will almost certainly remain for the rest of her life. She manages these with lots of support and medication.

    This fundraiser is for two charities devoted to supporting and encouraging young people who are going through terribly difficult times. https://www.justgiving.com/team/FiveYears

    Please do not donate directly to the charities as I have no way of knowing about the transaction. Only use the Team Member links on the JustGiving page, so that your username appears in the list of donors.

    Up for grabs is a superb Omega Speedmaster Professional 'Moonwatch'. Some extremely generous members have added a spectacular selection of runner-up prizes.


    The Charities

    Spread a Smile is an absolutely brilliant organisation dedicated to improving the time spent by children in hospital and in aftercare. They provide a wide variety of entertainers and make a huge difference to the youngsters by diverting attention away from their treatment, stimulating their minds and alleviating the boredom and monotony that is inevitable during extended hospital stays.

    Many of the children are very seriously ill with life limiting conditions, and the arrival of a Spread a Smile entertainer is an absolute highlight. Siblings attending the hospitals are included in activities as they are often deeply affected by the illness of their sister or brother. We were all charmed and distracted by the visits of the Spread a Smile entertainers whilst Laura was attending GOSH and UCLH for her cancer treatments. Laughter sometimes really is the best medicine.

    Iím sure that weíre all well aware that more young people than ever are experiencing significant mental health issues. Even in easier times 75% of mental ill health develops by age 18. Young Minds are leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.


    The Prizes

    1. Omega Speedmaster Professional 'Moonwatch' 3570.50.00
    2. Formex Essence Blue Sunburst Dial donated by thebuffoon
    3. Yema Spacegraf Zero-G or Yema Superman Maxi Dial Diver, donated by nickyboyo
    4. Seiko Prospex SBEP003 donated by Carlton-Browne
    5. Casio G-Shock GA-2100-4AER 'Red Casioak' donated by Michael E
    6. Casio G-Shock GA-2100-1AER 'Black Casioak' donated by Michael E
    7. Casio G-Shock GA-2100-1A1ER 'Stealth Casioak' donated by Michael E
    8. Casio G-Shock GA-2100SU-1AER 'Camo Casioak' donated by Michael E
    9. Casio G-Shock GA-2110SU-9AER 'Yellow Casioak' donated by Michael E
    10. Big Orange Lump donated by nickyboyo
    11. Jura Watch Winder donated by lucklyal
    12. Snap-on LED150 Multi-tool donated by Neilw3030
    13. Alkin Model One donated by AIDM
    14. Seiko Solar Radio Chronograph donated by j111dja
    15. Exactus Mechanical Calculator


    The Raffle

    To take part, please post in this thread and donate £20 per entry to either of the charities here: https://www.justgiving.com/team/FiveYears

    Please do not donate directly to the charities as I have no way of knowing about the transaction. Only use the Team Member links on the JustGiving page, so that your username appears in the list of donors.

    Please just choose according to your personal preference (although it would be nice if they receive roughly the same in the end). To avoid the 'additional contribution', select 'Other' and enter £0 in the box.

    Feel free to take part multiple times and if you are not interested in the prizes, you are welcome to donate anyway!

    Please include your TZ-UK username in the comments if it's not obvious. Iíll maintain a list of the participants here so make it easy for me to identify you!

    The aim is to conduct the draw on Friday 4 February, which is World Cancer Day. Iíll cap sales at 600 tickets, so the draw could end up being earlier.

    Non UK winners are likely to be hit for import fees, apologies and I hope that does not put too many members off participating.


    Prize Details

    The main prize is this Omega Speedmaster Professional 'Moonwatch' 3570.50.00, complete with red box and papers dating from 2014. The watch has been seldom worn and the bracelet even less so. It has been very well cared for by both myself and the previous owner and is as nice an example for its age as you're ever likely to see.







    Iíll also throw in a GasGasBones NASA style Velcro strap.




    The first runner-up will receive this absolutely lovely Formex Essence with Blue Sunburst Dial, very generously donated by thebuffoon. The paperwork dates it to May 2020 and it has clearly only seen light duties. It is on a cracking Formex bracelet currently sized for about a 18cm/7Ē wrist. There are no spare links at present but Iím told that Formex are superb to deal with. A lightly used grey-blue Formex strap with deployant is also included.






    The third place prize is a choice between an absolutely belting Yema Spacegraf Zero-G or a Yema Superman Maxi Dial Diver, considerately donated by nickyboyo.






    Carlton-Browne has thoughtfully added a cracking Seiko Prospex SBEP003, AKA 'Digital Tuna'. Despite the size, it is really light. Loads of features, solar powered, all charged up and ready for some serious adventures.




    The next five prizes are all variations on the popular and highly modifiable Casio G-Shock GA-2100, very kindly provided by Michael E. These are absolute belters and all brand new. Iíve allocated them in the above list in no particular order.




    And finally we have a Big Orange Lump also donated by nickyboyo. Love it!




    STOP PRESS 28/01 - Additional runner-up prizes added!

    lucklyal has kindly added this swish Jura Watch Winder with black carbon fibre effect finish and black leather cushion. It's completely unused, any marks in the image are just dust specks.




    And Neilw3030 has generously provided a splendid Snap-on LED150 Multi-tool. We all love Snap-on gear!




    This continues to exceed our hopes and expectations, so it is a pleasure to announce another watch in the list of runners-up prizes.


    AIDM has generously provided this super legible Alkin Model One with green dial, orange seconds hand, bead-blasted black PVD case and completely unused black leather strap.

    We like our microbrands in these parts and this is a real corker.




    j111dja has generously added a Seiko Solar Radio Chronograph complete with original 22mm Seiko leather strap (that has seen little use), the boxes, booklet, hang tags and warranty card dated 2019.




    Cheeky Curta Bonus




    Enormous thanks to the prize donors, all supporters, and to Eddie for use of the platform.

    Matthew and family


    https://www.justgiving.com/team/FiveYears

    I'll update the list here as often as I can, roughly in the order that posts and donations appear. The list will not become final until just before the draw.
    Last edited by Mr Curta; 7th March 2022 at 12:42. Reason: Prizes Added
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    And I'm in. Good luck all!

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    You are really amazing for doing these excellent raffles Mr Curta and a big Hurrah to Laura

    Please put myself down for 3 tickets and Iíll split the £60 equally between the charities.

    Thanks

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    Donation made, another 20 next week for the other charity. Great idea for an excellent cause.

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    Very happy to take part for a very worthy cause. Iíve bought one for each charity.

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    Can I have 5 tickets please?

    Would it be ok if I paid a £50 donation to each charity? I know thatís not a correct split on the ticket price etc. but seems like a fair allocationÖ?
    It's just a matter of time...

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    1 ticket please- Donation made - great idea and a great cause
    Dan
    Last edited by DANH; 15th January 2022 at 19:15.

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    I will take 5 tickets as well, 50/50 split between the charities.
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    2 tickets please Matthew; I will start saving up now.

    Oh, and the Speedmaster for preference please.

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    Fantastic.

    I've donated to Spread a Smile.

    Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic View Post
    Can I have 5 tickets please?

    Would it be ok if I paid a £50 donation to each charity? I know thatís not a correct split on the ticket price etc. but seems like a fair allocationÖ?
    Absolutely!
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    2 tickets for me please. I really cannot comprehend the generosity of this forum! It always amazes me.

    And sorry, I didn't add my forum name to the first donation.
    Last edited by SeanST150; 15th January 2022 at 19:23.

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    2 for me as well great cause and raffle.


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    5 for me please, I have donated £50 to each charity.
    Well done Laura.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Absolutely!
    Thank you!
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Touching story behind this, I know it's 5 years too late but excellent to read the outcome for your daughter. Let's hope this fundraising helps others to reach that 5 year milestone too!

    I'm in for a couple, spread between the two charities

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    Well hasn't this gone off like a Saturn 5, massive thanks! I am heading out this evening so I'll be going through the JustGiving emails and updating the list in the morning and will be very happy if that is a time-consuming exercise requiring several cups of coffee!


    Quote Originally Posted by SeanST150 View Post
    2 tickets for me please. I really cannot comprehend the generosity of this forum! It always amazes me.

    And sorry, I didn't add my forum name to the first donation.
    Thanks and I'm sure I'll work it out!
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    Great cause and great to see so many donations already. £60 donated for three tickets. I forgot to change to my TZ name though!

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    2 for me. Good luck. Well worth a smile on a child's face.
    Apologies. I've just read the OP again. Forgot to add forum name. Bought under BenB
    Last edited by EBB21; 16th January 2022 at 09:31.

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    Done, 1 ticket for me please. The donations were going up so quickly that my attempt to even things out failed miserably, but it's for a good cause in either case.

    Just let me know when the Speedy's ready and I'll PM you my address

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    Count me in with 10 tickets. My raffles have benefited from your and others generosity, so glad to chip in back :)

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    Put me down for 10 tickets.

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    Bravo Mathew, and all those donating the incredibly generous prizes. Good luck with the raffle and best wishes to Laura and the rest of your family! £40 from me. Don't trouble with tickets for me.....I already have way too many watches

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    In for five tickets please. Superb gestures by all.

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    Best Wishes - great start to a new year

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    Donation made for one Matthew. Brilliant thing and so generous of you and the others donating prizes. Jim.

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    Put me down for 1 ticket please.

    Donation made.
    Last edited by boring_sandwich; 15th January 2022 at 21:56.

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    In for nine tickets. Seems like an odd number, but I have been drinking.

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    Donation made. Great cause and generosity on display.


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    Fantastic effort. Im in for 2 tickets please (donation ref: D260254157)

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    Big Charity Raffle - Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch and Loads More Prizes

    5 tickets for me please.

    Spread a smile - £50 - D271468785 (Sorry forgot to put my username on this one)

    Young minds - £50 - D144043428


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    Last edited by Kippax; 15th January 2022 at 22:32.

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    2 for meÖ..tell Laura Charlie says hi..


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    Great charities, in for five.

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    Down for 1, please. £20 donated to Young Minds.

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    One paid, cheers

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    Iím in for two (if Iíve done it right), great work Matthew.

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    5 tickets for myself, 50/50 split between the charities.

    Well done to everyone who's contributing here.



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    Put me down for one too please Matthew.

    Good luck all

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    I make that £2000+ already (inc Gift Aid)!



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    Two tickets for me please. Iíve donated £20 to each charity.

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    3 tickets please, and £60 donated.

    Fantastic generosity in donating such amazing prizes - well done for organising Mr Curta!

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    Iím in for 3 tickets please

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    2 tickets for me please.

    Well done on your great fundraiser for these charities.

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    Great work, donation made for one ticket


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    10 tickets please, 50/50 split.


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    Donation made for 1 ticket. Happy to support

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    Fantastic to hear that Laura is clear! Put me down for two tickets please. Iíve donated to both charities via the just giving page.

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    Excellent work. Donation made for 2 tickets.

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    This is great, good luck with raising as much as possible.
    Iím in for one ticket - donation made.

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    What a wonderful thing to organise. Best wishes to you and Laura.

    Donation made for two tickets

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