Fans vote again on a festive handout
SMISA will ballot members over £500 Christmas meal proposal
The St Mirren Independent Supporters Association is holding a follow-up vote as it ballots members on donating £500 to the Saints’ trust.
All votes for the October £2 spend are in, with members voting on where to spend the £3,000 raised over the last quarter.
Members of SMISA, who helped purchase the club over two seasons ago, were given four options.
The results are as follows: Option 1 – new goals for the St Mirren youth academy – 334 votes ( 40 per cent), Option 3 – SMFC Community Trust (Xmas meal, Fit Fans) – 310 votes (37 per cent), Option 4 – none of the above – 100 votes (12 per cent), Option 2 – stadium hand driers – 88 votes (11 per cent).
It means £3,000 will go to the youth academy at Ralston for a new set of moveable 11-a-side goals.
However, despite the community trust projects narrowly missing out in the vote, SMISA is keen to give members the choice to make a £500 donation towards the Christmas meal element of the option.
Talking to the Express earlier this week, head of the St Mirren Trust Gayle Brannigan explained: “Festive Friends is a wonderful community programme created to accommodate elderly people, and those in need, who will be isolated and alone on Christmas Day.
“The event has been positively received by other partner organisations within Renfrewshire such as RAMH, Active Communities, Shelter, ROAR, Renfrewshire Foodbank and Star Project, who are all keen to nominate men and women they feel will greatly benefit from experiencing the day.”
And having listened to their members, SMISA have explained their decision to allow members to vote again.
A spokesman said: “While the SMFC Community Trust projects narrowly missed out in the vote, we would like to give SMISA members the option to still make a £500 donation towards the Christmas meal element.
“This planned event will offer a festive feed at the stadium on December 25 for up to 120 elderly people from the local community who may be suffering from isolation and might not have anywhere to go.
“Having a ‘ follow- up’ vote is not something we have done before and we do not plan to make a habit of in future, but we considered the following as reasons to make an exception.
“This was the closest-run £2 spend we’ve had and the most votes ever received by a project which didn’t win.
“Feedback from members suggested the festive meal was the most popular of the two community trust projects, and the one the organisers were most keen for help with. The next scheduled spend isn’t until January, so it can’t be an option in a future vote.
“We have over the past two years accumulated a small sum of unspent money from previous £2 ballots which has never been assigned to any project. If approved, the £500 will come from that.
“While £ 500 leaves the SMFC community trust with some fundraising still to do, we felt it would be an appropriate level of support for a worthy cause.”
As always, SMISA welcome any suggestions from members for projects they could consider for future £ 2 ballots. If you have one, get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Positive steps The St Mirren Trust, headed up by Ian Reid, Alan Wardrop, Gayle Brannigan and Gavin Whyte, could benefit from SMISA funding