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Daniel O’ Shea 24 September 2021 The Dirt Fund Project Dear Mountain Bike Community So, today is September 24th, just a week away from the final EWS of the 2021 season, and the final World Cup Downhill has already taken place in Snowshoe. What a final race that was! It was 9 months ago when we had this crazy idea to start The Dirt Fund Project and try our best to do a little to support UK and Irish Privateer Enduro World Series and World Cup Downhill racers. We had no idea how we would do it, where to start, or what to do. All we did know is that cash could help these Privateers and we needed to figure out how to get this to them. We settled on the 1000 cash as a meaningful amount. Is it enough? No where near it. Will it help a little? For sure it will. Is it meaningful? We like to think it is, and the feedback is that it helps. From the outset we wanted to be clear that this is not a business, it's a project, it's a community, it's a collection of Mountain Bikers who love watching racing and helping those who race - a real home grown effort. To that end I wanted to write this letter to explain what’s happened to the money we have raised and where we are now as we move into year 2 of the project. Payout 1: We achieved this by putting our hands in our own pockets as the founders and with a final push of help from Lance Gauld we were able to make the first 1000 cash payout to Calum Mcbain. The next 4 payouts we utilised Justgiving as a way for you the MTB Community to donate and buy raffle tickets for some sick prizes donated by sick companies. To that end we accumulated 4121, paid 168 in fees and ended up with 3953. We made up the difference and managed to pay out to 4 more

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sensational Privateers. Fergus Ryan, Harry Byrne, Jessie-May Morgan, and Niall Clerkin During this time we also launched our new website, added donate buttons, and also started selling some merchandise. The role of the merchandise was clear from the start, we wanted to use the cash generated to cover the costs of hosting the website and domain names. From the donate buttons we have gathered 402 (after PayPal, Credit Card, Shopify fees), which goes straight into the payout pot. From the merchandise we have gathered 1069 (after PayPal, Credit Card, Shopify fees). So what happens this 1069? Well, this is great news. Year one hosting and domain name fees were 462. So that leaves us with 607 left over. We estimate next years fees to be less at 330, so with year two’s cost taken care of, we still have 277 left over, and what do we do with that? We put it straight into the payout pot. Besides the Justgiving page and donate buttons on our new website, we also ran a Raffal for Ard Rock tickets and raised 146 after fees. We ran an in person raffle at the Ard Rock Enduro itself and raised 1025. And while all this was going on the super dudes at Mudhugger designed us some limited edition huggers which sold out and we raised another 700+. One thing that didn’t cost us a single penny. The unreal work by Dan Cox from PixelHeadz content creation for all our media work. Big up to that man, and to the 8 other volunteers that run this show for the love of the sport - Cheers Dudes & Dudette. End results are 5 privateers helped in Year 1, Year 1 hosting and domain name costs covered from merchandise sales, Year 2 hosting and domain name costs covered, and we are just 300 short of being able to support 3 privateers to kick off Year 2 of The Dirt Fund Project. PLEASE BUY A TICKET TO OUR CURRENT RAFFLE https://raffall.com/255556/enter-raffle-to-win-irish-mtb-jersey-collection-hosted-by-daniel-oshea before September 30th and let's payout to 3 Privateers next weekend at the last EWS of the season to kick of next years race prep! Thank you all. Together we are making a difference. Stoked to say the least
Daniel