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Dear OCN Members,

A young footballer 27 years old from my community has suffered a broken neck whilst playing football and is now a quadriplegic. He and his partner are expecting a baby in November as well. Its tragic news and his life has forever been altered.

I would love to help him and his family by raising some money to help cover the cost of any special equipment, carers or basically anything that he will need to make his life better.

At my work we have around 800 workers that get paid not bad wages. So I was thinking of putting together a Gaming Multimedia PC and raffling it. I understand that they may not know him or even know the town im from. So to help entice fellow workers to part with their money for this this young bloke I thought why not build a pc with some cool gear and raffle it off. I was thinking $250 a ticket and have a minimum of 100 tickets. Its common for raffles and lottery syndicates to cost $100 or more at my work.

What should this PC have to make it stand out? I think a h100 watercooler is a must but not a full on custom water cooled pc just in case its a computer illeterate that wins it lol. Im also thinking steering wheel, a flashy case, projector and screen and a surround sound system.

Please help me by suggesting what parts should be in the Rig build and the accessories to go with it.

Im hopping the local PC store will get on board help too but not sure how to approach them in the approriate way.

Thanks for your help!
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For $250 a ticket it better be a multi thousand dollar rig.

I am all for raising money, but that is a prohibitive ticket price for most people. Unless y'all aussie money is nearly worthless. A 1% chance of winning with a $250 entry isn't very appealing. The goal is to encourage donations, no matter how small, correct?

Of course you need to cover cost of the rig, and still make money for the family... Maybe I am just not up on how things are 'round there.

I would make flyers and stick them up in bars all around town, plus reduce that cost per ticket.

As for parts, if you plan to raise $25000 doing this, it should be rocking at least a 780. I wouldn't bother with a projector, as a quality 1080p projector isn't cheap. You would be better served with a nice 1440p monitor.

And you are going to want a fairly neutral looking case. Maybe glossy white or black.
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Some good points there!

I was just talking to a few people at work and they suggested a format like this

1st prize - A good pc and call it the Mac killer lol with steering wheel, sound system, projector, headphones.
Other prizes - 5x Highend headphones maybe ultrasone signqture DJs.
5x Sony xperia z tablets

Then it becomes a 1 in 10 chance.

Well everyone that is on board earns 250k+ a year so money aint the issue its just trying to catch their attention so they make the effort.
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$250 a ticket?
That's a little high for charity or not, especially if it's for only 1 chance to win.

So there's 800 workers at your workplace? Say you make tickets a cheaper $50 and get around 50 to buy in, that's $2500, which you could build quite a decent rig with even with Aussie's high PC part prices, and you should be able to get something better than a Corsair H100 with that money, even if it's not a full on custom watercooling loop.

Also as said above, 1080p projectors and expensive and probably not necessary. plus who's going to set it up and mount the projector and screen for a "computer illiterate" if they win?
BTW, what's your 'local' PC shop called?
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Well everyone that is on board earns 250k+ a year so money aint the issue its just trying to catch their attention so they make the effort.
May i ask where exactly you work? $250k per year is a bit better than a 'not bad wage' if you ask me thinking.gif
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I would also suggest firing up the 'ole paypal account and, if rules on the boards permit, allowing some of us to pitch in a few bucks.

I wouldn't mind tossing a couple dollars into the pot, even for nothing in return. I would just like some kind of proof that it is being used for a charitable cause. Right now I am a bit low on funds myself, so it wouldn't be anything special.

Maybe you could also do some kind of engraved plaque, people who donate $10 USD (or equivalent) or more get their name on it? Present it to the family after all is said and done. A moderately sized plaque could host a couple hundred+ names.

I like that idea, if you it can be opened up to us on the boards, it would become international. You could have the donator's name and country listed. I bet that would make them feel pretty good.

The details as to how many people can be put on it, and "cost" of a spot on the thing can be worked out later.
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I would also suggest firing up the 'ole paypal account and, if rules on the boards permit, allowing some of us to pitch in a few bucks.

I wouldn't mind tossing a couple dollars into the pot, even for nothing in return. I would just like some kind of proof that it is being used for a charitable cause. Right now I am a bit low on funds myself, so it wouldn't be anything special.

Maybe you could also do some kind of engraved plaque, people who donate $10 USD (or equivalent) or more get their name on it? Present it to the family after all is said and done. A moderately sized plaque could host a couple hundred+ names.

I like that idea, if you it can be opened up to us on the boards, it would become international. You could have the donator's name and country listed. I bet that would make them feel pretty good.

The details as to how many people can be put on it, and "cost" of a spot on the thing can be worked out later.

Agreed, extra support from OCN Members would help, there shouldn't be any real minimum on what to donate if it's to raise money for a good cause, every small donation will add up.
OP, since the money is going towards the bloke who loves footy, maybe you could do a Footy case mod on the computer or something else AFL themed?
   
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All great ideas. I dont know where to start. I work offshore which makes it hard to get internet access. Ive sent out some emails to companies that might help. The thing with where I work is we all get get behind each other when a fellow worker needs it. In the last year ive donated over 2k at work. We have raised over 100k for one charity in 3 weeks. Maybe we can donate computer bits to make a computer and raffle it on ocn? Probably a silly idea but I do have some ram and a asus r4e spare to start the build. Im willing to throw them up and saves me having to sell them.
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I would also suggest firing up the 'ole paypal account and, if rules on the boards permit, allowing some of us to pitch in a few bucks.
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Maybe we can donate computer bits to make a computer and raffle it on ocn?
Unfortunately we don't generally allow donations or raffles on here. You could contact Chipp to see if an exception could be made but I would be doubtful.
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All great ideas. I dont know where to start. I work offshore which makes it hard to get internet access. Ive sent out some emails to companies that might help. The thing with where I work is we all get get behind each other when a fellow worker needs it. In the last year ive donated over 2k at work. We have raised over 100k for one charity in 3 weeks. Maybe we can donate computer bits to make a computer and raffle it on ocn? Probably a silly idea but I do have some ram and a asus r4e spare to start the build. Im willing to throw them up and saves me having to sell them.

If your work doesnt mind doing raffles and donations, even thousands of bucks per entry then it's probably a good idea to raffle off a pc.
I'm not a huge fan of footy but i still reckon an AFL themed case mod would make sense in relation to the provided background information and where the money will be going.
If you can't get the local PC shops on board, then perhaps you can get your local Bunnings to sponsor you with the case mod?
But if you're planning on having thousands of dollars worth of entries you probably won't need sponsors with that said.
   
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