Donations put Tyrone GAA in a healthy position
TYRONE GAA's fundraising body, Club Tyrone, managed to raise an astonishing £444,000 this year - breaking all previous record for donations in the county.
Despite the tough economic climate, Club Tyrone recruited 127 new members in 2013 through a highly successful 'Hunt for 100' campaign which was launched after Tyrone's Ulster SFC defeat to Donegal in May.
Members were asked to donate £500 per year to the county coffers and Club Tyrone now boasts almost 400 members as well as 292 Garvaghey Patrons, who have donated a oneoff sum of £5,000 to the Garvaghey project.
"On and off the field it was a good, good year for Tyrone GAA," Club Tyrone chairman Hugh McAleer stated in his annual report.
"Our teams did well, our clubs excelled themselves, our Garvaghey centre was completed and opened and on top of it all our people rowed in with their breathtaking contribution of £444,000.
"It's all the more humbling for us when we set that contribution in the context of the difficult economic times that so many Tyrone people and communities continue to face."
Over almost 20 years, fundraising under the Club Tyrone umbrella has donated over £3.92m to Tyrone GAA with more than half of that amount distributed for the Garvaghey project.
Plans for a new spectator stand at Garvaghey are currently being drawn up while Club Tyrone could also seek new Garvaghey patrons.
Tyrone County Board chairman Ciaran McLoughlin added: "The 'GAA job' is never finished. There are always new hills to climb. But this outstanding support from our Club Tyrone people and Garvaghey Patrons just makes so many more things possible."
The Tyrone County Board also recorded a healthy surplus of £189,589 with Club Tyrone donations accounting for £443,845 of its £1,471,723 total income.
In total, £468,989 was spent on the various Tyrone county teams in 2013.