So, we’ve all likely bought tickets in a raffle before. Raffles are an excellent fund raiser, and there are usually some excellent prizes on offer. I know I’ve bought tickets to win a TV, a car, and even a house, but like the Lotto, I’m still waiting. My mom, on the other hand, is lucky and has actually won a few raffles in her day.
Like most things, Australia has taken the idea of a raffle to a whole new dimension. To raise money for local junior sports, you can usually find a raffle kicking around at your local club or sports ground on any given day. And, the prize?
Are you ready for this?
That’s right, in this land that has taken barbecuing to art form, you can win a meat tray. Yippee!
One guy walks around the club displaying the meat tray on offer while another sells the tickets. The meat tray above is relatively small with only t-bones and rump steak. However, I have seen them so big that they are wheeled around the club in a wheel barrow. I’ve also seen veggie trays, breakfast trays (bacon and eggs), and even a chook (chicken) tray on offer in my time. And, enterprising fund raisers have taken it again to another level in their ongoing quest for financial support… seafood trays, containing prawns, fish, mussels, and sometimes lobster, which are even more coveted than the meat tray.
Hell, The Aussie is even talking about going to a club on the Thursday before Good Friday. Why? Because they have $3000.00 worth of seafood to raffle! You name it, and the Aussies will raffle it!!!
I’ll never forget the time my friend Carol was visiting, and we were at the club during the meat tray raffle. All the sudden, she got a look of sheer horror on her face. I turned around and expecting to see Jason and Freddy Kruger coming at us when Carol said “Cajun, that guy is walking around with raw meat!?!”
After picking myself up off the floor, dusting myself off and regaining my composure from nearly dying laughing, I explained the concept of the meat raffle, and that the humble meat tray is actually a highly sought after prize for all it attendance. Carol was not at all impressed and really just found it gross. And, truthfully, I can see her point about the meat being out of the fridge for so long. But, The Aussie gave her typical, laid back Australian response “She’ll be right, mate”. Then, he dipped into his pockets to buy some tickets in the hope that he could stand at the front of the club lofting the prize high in front of the other patrons (really thinking “Get that up ya!! Barbie at my place tomorrow!!!)
Last Saturday, The Aussie went over to the club to have a few schooners (glass of draught beer) and few bets on the Golden Slipper (horse race) with his mates, and he grabbed some happy snaps of the meat tray for me. Don’t worry, he went into the draw too.
Sorry to report that The Aussie was not a winner. No worries though, he’s saving up his luck for that Good Friday seafood tray. I can hear him now, “Barbie at our place. BYOG!”
What do you think? Could the humble meat tray become fundraising gold in the US like it is in Australia?