Oct 27 2010 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Da Claudio's Golden Ticket
THE HOLDER of a lucky golden ticket will be given the opportunity to dine free for a year.
The prize draw winner will be able to dine in the restaurant and everyone buying a ticket will help a worthy charity in the process.
The prize draw is the brainchild of Arthur Goff from Caldercruix who owns Da Claudio’s Restaurant in Brandon Street, Motherwell.
The holder of the winning £10 ticket will scoop the prize of a four-course meal for two with a bottle of wine, every week for a year.
In the process Arthur is aiming to raise £5000 for charity.
He said: “My wife Irene and myself have been doing things to raise cash for St Andrew’s Hospice for about eleven years.
“We decided we could use the restaurant to try and raise a substantial amount for the hospice and this is the idea we came up with.”
The restaurant owner has previously completed sponsored half-marathons and 10k runs while Irene has trekked across foreign soil to raise cash.
He added: “My wife is the one who has been walking to raise money, she’s been to China and the Great Wall twice, Peru, the Rocky Mountains and she’s walked from Spain into Portugal and plans to return to Peru next year.”
Arthur admits that it wasn’t until his mother’s health deteriorated that he realised the sterling work of the hospice: “My mum and dad died eleven years ago and the hospice offered to take my mum in.
“We declined the offer but we went to see the Airdrie hospice and had a wee look about.
“Like most people, until you come up against health problems like those, I didn’t realise I had something like this on my doorstep.
“The hospice has to raise its own money to operate and that’s the reason we started raising cash for it.”
The winner of the prize will be able to choose from a different menu every month and be able to dine every week from a Monday to Thursday, a Christmas meal is also included.
Arthur reckons the cost of the prize will total somewhere in the region of £2400 and is encouraged by early ticket sales, admitting: “The prize draw has been running for just over two weeks and already we’ve managed to raise over £2000.
“We’re running the draw until Christmas week, so a golden ticket could make a good Christmas present.”
It’s not necessary to dine in the restaurant to purchase a ticket, walk-in purchases are also welcome.
Bob Reid, fundraising manager at the hospice, said: “St Andrew’s Hospice are absolutely delighted with this fantastic offer of support from Arthur and Irene of Da Claudio’s.
“The idea of the Golden Ticket is terrific and during the present climate we welcome this support most sincerely.
“ We can assure everyone buying one of the golden tickets that the proceeds of this fundraising initiative will be used for patient care at the hospice”.