Fundraising activities are the most important source of revenues for our squadron. If our cadet/family fundraising activities are not successful, the squadron suffers. If cadet/families do not participate in fundraising activities, other cadets/families have to work twice as hard to make up the difference. So please participate.
Our Policy is on the Parents page
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Air Cadet League OPC Lottery
The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL), Ontario Provincial Committee (OPC) supports over 8,400 air cadets in Ontario. The money that is required nationally, provincially and locally to fund such an organization is enormous for any volunteer group – and you may be surprised to find out that the funding provided by the ACL is in the millions of dollars. An annual ACL OPC Lottery provides the majority of the funding for the League here in Ontario. Tickets are sold by cadets with the draw happening in early April of each year.
OPC Lottery proceeds fund:
Maintenance of our plane and glider fleet
Awards, bursaries, and scholarships
Band instruments, biathlon equipment
Support squadron activities
Volunteer training and support
2021 CASH LOTTO
One $5,000 cash early bird prize
One $20,000 cash prize
Two $10,000 cash prizes
Four $5,000 cash prizes
Five $1,000 cash prizes
Early bird draw date: April 1st @ 11:00 am (Tickets must be purchased by 10:00 am EST)
Grand prize draw date: April 30th @ 11:00 am (Tickets must be purchased by 10:00 am EST)
$10.00 a ticket. All sales on-line.
Tickets can be purchased at https://aircadetlotto.5050central.com/?olc=3
Lottery License #RAF1202167
Tagging is a vital fundraising activity conducted twice a year. Every cadet is responsible for participating in Tagging.
Next Tagging Days are t.b.d., Thursday and Friday from 5:00 pm til 8:00 pm. Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. (see our Calendar for details)
Our usual tagging locations in Strathroy are: Walmart, Canadian Tire, Beer Store, Superstore, Food Basics, TD Canada Trust, Shoppers DrugMart, Tim Hortons, Dominos, Rona, Home Hardware, TSC and Giant Tiger.
3 Squadron also tags sometimes in Glencoe and Komoka.
Please donate cash to support the Air Cadets. 100% of the funds are used to support training and activities for #3 Squadron.
Canadian Tire Money
Please donate your Canadian Tire Money to #3 Squadron. If you find yourself with loose bills of this stuff in drawers around the house or stuffed into storage compartments in the car, then please donate it to the squadron. We can then use the money to buy camping gear and more. Drop off bills with any member of the Sponsoring Committee on Tuesday Parade nights or at any squadron event.
The Air Cadet League of Canada - Ontario Provincial Committee (OPC) Nevada Program is a shared fundraising initiative to support Squadron Sponsoring Committee‘s (SSC) across Ontario. The OPC has a provincial licence that allows it to secure locations anywhere in Ontario. There are no restrictions regarding the municipality, the number of sites, or the number of boxes that can be sold. #3 Striker Squadron SSC is participating in this program. Every Nevada location is different and will have different levels of sales. Across a number of locations, the industry estimate is that an average of 1 box per month should be achievable. Some sites will sell more, some may sell less. The retailer that is hosting the box will receive $117 per box sold. $188 is the revenue for the OPC of which $50 is returned to the squadron. So our annual return, based on one box of break-open tickets sold per month for one site could be $600.
Where to Buy
#3 Striker SSC currently has the following locations where qualified individuals can purchase Nevada tickets. These are:
Verns Variety, Adelaide Rd. at Railroad St., Mt. Brydges
Please support 3 Striker Squadron and the Air Cadet League - Ontario by purchasing break-open tickets at these retailers.
Parents and Supporters of #3 Squadron
Q: Can parents, volunteers, sponsors or other supporters help the SSC by finding, or identifying, new retail locations for Nevada?
A: Absolutely. We want to get as many new retail locations as possible for our Nevada fund raiser.
We do request that if you have suggestions for locations that you contact our SSC Nevada Program Liaison John Mather. For this Program we follow the same boundaries as we do for tagging. So for #3 squadron we can approach businesses in Middlesex County west of London in Strathroy, Glencoe, Arkona, Watford, Mt. Brydges, Komoka, Kilworth, Ailsa Craig, Poplar Hill, Parkhill, Melbourne...
If you wish to know more about this program then use the form on the CONTACT US page and your request will be forwarded to the 3 Striker SSC Nevada Program Liaison. Retailers willing to help our charity by hosting a box will be provided with a full time Nevada agent. The Air Cadet League has engaged a professional ﬁrm to provide service and support to our Retail sellers. With over 25 years of experience in the ﬁeld and with Nevada Break-open tickets, Nevada Ticket Services will provide each retailer with direct support to help start and operate a successful outlet, helping generate maximum sales and profit with little administration requirements. See poster below for more info.
Some of the main services and supports that a retailer will be provided include:
Assist in completing application and necessary documents as a retailer
Assist through training and guidance to properly implement Nevada tickets
Monitor and track ticket sales and boxes and handle all ordering of new supply
Collect payments, provide invoices and ensure you meet Gaming Control Act
Help with promotion and marketing Nevada to increase ticket sales
3 Striker SSC has initiated a FlipGive fundraising campaign. FlipGive returns to us a percentage of the funds one spends to purchase gift cards through their web site/app – e-cards or a physical card – for various retailers. Members of our Squadron Sponsoring Committee have found it to be quite straightforward and easy to use – best part is that there is no cost to the consumer other than the face cost of the card.
How does this work?
Download the app and create an account at www.flipgive.com for team # SB7XYT
Shop online or in store by purchasing a gift card and using that to pay for your purchases
Donations can also be accepted through FlipGive
Several local stores are a part of the program including Mobil gas (at the Superstore), Esso, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Sobeys, Home Hardware, Old Navy, Tim Hortons, Starbucks and many more. The Ultimate Dining Card, which can be used and several different restaurants including Harveys, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s and Montana’s, is also included. Some stores are online purchases only but many are also in store. We recommend reading the conditions before purchasing.
It can be activated quickly and used immediately if you like. For example: grocery shopping at the shop of your choice, purchase the gift card while in the store, pay for the purchase on the gift card – no additional cost to you and $$ given to the squadron. If you don’t use the entire amount it can be saved and used at a future time (you can even update the balance manually to make sure you remember how much is left). Multiple gift cards can be used to pay for one purchase, if needed.
Don’t have a smart phone
You can still use FlipGive and support the squadron – log in to the website on your computer, purchase the gift card and either print it off or take a picture of the serial number and PIN. That is all that you need to pay for your purchase!
Want to give gift cards as a present
You can either send an ecard electronically or you can order a physical card to be mailed to you!
Please feel free to reach out to one of the following SSC members with your questions:
Jeanette Wielinga is available through email at bjwielinga21 at gmail . com
Anna Dalton is available through email at annadalton at rogers . com