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Trust In Killie Update

Date: 20th October 2017

 

LONG TERM CAMPAIGN

Trust in Killie is a campaign initiated by the The Killie Trust – and fully supported by Kilmarnock Football Club- with the goal of raising money to invest money into the Club in exchange for shares and obtain a full directorship in the club.

FIRST OBJECTIVE

The first aim of the initiative is to raise £100,000, purchase 100,000 newly issued shares in the club, have a fan-elected Director join the board of Kilmarnock FC and give a real voice at the highest level of the club – creating a meaningful link between the board, supporters and community.

We would like people to rally behind the initiative and donate what they can, when they can.  No amount is too small, all financial contributions are most welcome and every pound donated will purchase one share in the Club to be held in the name of the  Kilmarnock Supporters Society Limited (better known as the Killie Trust) for the benefit of all supporters and the community.

Since the launch of the campaign in mid-April, the initiative has raised almost £50,000 – just about half of the intial target.

CONTRIBUTORS

There are currently nearly 200 people making regular monthly contributions of various amounts. The more who sign up, the quicker the first objective is achieved.

What has become clear is that there is a real love for the football club in all corners of the world. One Killie-mad exile is Stephen Hammill –

“Living in Hong Kong for over 20 years has not diminished my support for Killie. I still follow them as best I can every Saturday via the internet, even although the coverage out here is usually limited to live text updates and twitter feeds. I do though get to see them when I come home each summer in August and it has been painful to witness the steady decline over the past 5 to ten years. I want to still have a club to follow when I eventually return to Kilmarnock, but in recent years it has looked as if this might not be the case. However, I feel that with the changes now taking place off of the field there is a renewed optimism around Rugby Park, and that we may have finally turned the corner on the declining fortunes of our club. I believe this is in no small part due to the efforts of the supporters and the Trust who kept pushing for change against what at times must have seemed like impossible odds. There is though still a long and difficult road ahead to be travelled before we can get back to where we were in the 90s when we were truly a “community club”. Having a fan’s representative on the Board will help to bridge the gap that currently exists between the Board and the fans and can only be good for the Club, which is why I am happy to support TIK in any way that I can.” 

 

REWARDS

Those who can commit to monthly donations of £15 (standard) or £25 (Plus) are recognised in special reward draws.  So far these include

  • Tickets to the recent Scottish Open Golf Championship at Dundonal;
  • Tickets to the sold out Betfred Cup game against Ayr United; and
  • Tickets the 20th anniversary lunch at the Park Hotel to celebrate the 1997 Scottish Cup triumph.

A dozen contributors also got the opportunity through a draw to play a match at Rugby Park with and against former players of Kilmarnock and celebrities, including the rock band Biffy Clyro.

The next significant reward  we have secured for our Standard and Plus Package ‘Trust in Killie’ subscribers will be a draw to win a hospitality package to see Liam Gallagher on December 4th 2017 SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

In addition, we are proud to be sponsoring Iain Wilsons home strip for the season 17/18 and one lucky subscriber and a guest will receive this shirt at the Club’s ‘Sponsor’s Lunch’.

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP

We continue to have very positive dialogue with the club on a range of initiatives, including support for ourlocal Food Bank.

In short, Trust in Killie is all about bringing to the oldest professional football club in Scotland, a club which acts as a standard bearer for our town, and the community back together, to do this we ask for your support. We are grateful for any donations, large or small – every pound goes towards gaining a voice on the board when there can be a real influence behind the scenes at Kilmarnock FC and drive forward change in Scottish football.

HOW TO SIGN UP

To learn more about this campaign and how to sign up and donate, please visit www.TrustinKillie.com or contact us by email at Killiefc.com@gmail.com.

 

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