Fans vote again on a fes­tive hand­out

SMISA will bal­lot mem­bers over £500 Christ­mas meal pro­posal

Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket - Craig Ritchie

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 con­

Pos­i­tive steps The St Mir­ren Trust, headed up by Ian Reid, Alan Wardrop, Gayle Bran­ni­gan and Gavin Whyte, could ben­e­fit from SMISA fund­ing

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