A Dublin family is raffling off their suburban apartment at £15 (€17.50) a ticket to help raise money and awareness for mental health charities in Ireland.
Keith Mooney and his wife Lisa are raffling their three-bedroom Lucan apartment worth €360,000 on February 15 next year.
The lucky winners will receive a fully furnished apartment with no mortgage, legal fees, or stamp duty in addition to an extra €10,000 in cash, while there will be dozens of bonus cash prizes if all 60,000 tickets are sold for the draw.
Keith said that he will donate €100,000 of the money raised to suicide prevention charity Pieta House in honor of his brother Stuart, who died on Christmas Day 15 years ago after struggling with mental illness and addiction.
"A lot of people who raffle off their property tend to give about 5% to charity. We're looking at giving 10% to charity as well as the extra bits in terms of trying to spread the love to as many people as possible," Keith told IrishCentral.
The three-bedroom ground-floor apartment spans over 1,500 sq ft and boasts balconies in the front and back and Keith said that it would represent a life-changing prize for whoever wins next February's draw.
He pointed to current market rates in Ireland and said that it is almost impossible for people to buy a house at present without moving back in with their parents to save money on rent.
His raffle offers people an opportunity to own their own home for "the price of a takeaway pizza".
"Anybody who looks at the photographs will see how well-kept it is and how spacious it is," Keith said, adding that the property is perfect for any young family.
Keith and Lisa Mooney have lived in the apartment for 13 years and raised their two young children Adam and Callum there. They are looking to move into a new home with an extra room so that Keith can take care of his parents if the need arises.
"I would just love an extra room o have the comfort of having the space there for my mam or dad if I needed it."
Keith believes that raffle tickets will make an excellent stocking filler this Christmas and has launched two €10,000 prize draws for anyone who buys 12 tickets or more.
"In terms of people looking for stocking fillers, why not buy somebody something that can change their life as opposed to an extra pair of socks or box of sweets that they probably shouldn't be eating in the first place? It's just something novel that you could be changing somebody's life."
Dozens of people have reached out to Keith with touching stories since the draw was launched, detailing how they've been left homeless by soaring property rates.
"I wish I had about 50 apartments to give away. There are so many people who would be genuinely deserving of it," he said.
"It would be amazing to see a young family come in and change their life, but realistically if you buy a ticket, you've got a chance. I'd love for somebody to really appreciate the win."
The property is worth €360,000 and would yield a monthly rent of €2,200 if somebody decided that they didn't want to live in it, Keith said.
The Mooney family has sold 4,500 tickets for the raffle so far and told IrishCentral that he will be giving away 50 bonus prizes of €1,000 each if he manages to sell all 60,000 tickets for the draw.
The family has enlisted the help of Irish comedian Enya Martin, who lost a friend to suicide two years ago, to help sell tickets for February's draw and raise money for Pieta House.
For more information about February's raffle, visit Raffall.com.