Two tradie mates who were robbed have set up a tool raffling website to help other builders replenish their equipment.
Dean Shaw and Danny Conroy, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK, set up Tradie Giveaways during lockdown and are hoping to give away bigger and better prizes as the company grows.
The pair host a variety of competitions through the site, giving tradies the chance to win the likes of Makita 10 piece kits, DeWalt bluetooth & DAB radios and Festool circular saws - all they have to do is buy a ticket to be in it to win it.
The idea first came to 29-year-old self-employed plasterer and renderer Dean after he had all of his tools stolen from his van.
Speaking to LADbible, he said: "As you can imagine I was distraught at having to stump up over £2,500 ($3,258) in one hit to replace all of my tools so I could go out and earn a living to support my family.
"I had seen and entered competitions for fancy cars where you buy a ticket for a few quid and get entered into a raffle to win it. I thought, 'I wish there was some kind of opportunity for me to win tools at a small fraction of the price', then having this idea rattle around in my head all day I thought, 'why don't I start one?'
"So I contacted my best mate Danny [a self-employed air conditioning engineer], who had also been an unfortunate victim to tool theft six months prior to me when his van got done over in broad daylight and he also had to replace all of his tools.
"We had been in lockdown a number of weeks at this point, work was slow for us both and there wasn't much help out there for self-employed workers yet. I pitched the idea to him and he was on board straight away."
To help drum up a bit of a following, Dean and Danny have starred in a few daft videos - like the one at the top of this article - as well as doing free giveaways. They hope that with time, Tradie Giveaways will be big enough to offer up huge prizes and support a mental health charity.
Dean said: "We understand the importance of mental health and know this is a rising problem, particularly in men. Many tradesmen and fathers feel the pressures of finding work, and providing and supporting for their families, so we think this would be something good we can give back.
"We have plenty more funny video ideas in the pipeline, but I'm afraid we are keeping them tight-lipped for the time being, so stay tuned!"
In the meantime, you can check out Tradie Giveaways and enter competitions through their website. All you have to do is buy a ticket and answer a trade-based question, with the winner drawn on Facebook Live.
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