Ben­e­fits of shop­ping lo­cally

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

THE win­ner of the Biggen­den Cham­ber of Com­merce’s shop lo­cally cam­paign was just about to leave the car­ni­val when his name came over the loud speaker.

Den­nis Sly said he had never won any­thing in his life, “not even a chook raf­fle”.

“It was get­ting a bit late and my part­ner Jenny was start­ing to get tired,” he said.

“We’d just hopped up and I couldn’t be­lieve it, my name was an­nounced.

“I’d only put in four or five tick­ets and the one from the gro­cery shop came up trumps.”

The cou­ple is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing its hol­i­day some­time dur­ing win­ter.

Cham­ber pres­i­dent Jim Cun­liffe said Mr Sly was a de­serv­ing win­ner.

“We short­ened the cam­paign to four weeks in­stead of the pre­vi­ous 12 weeks as we were over­lap­ping the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil’s pro­mo­tion,” he said.

“We worked hand in hand with the Biggen­den Apex Club draw­ing the cam­paign at its Christ­mas car­ni­val.

“As the win­ner had to be present for the draw this brings in more peo­ple for the car­ni­val.”

Trea­surer Amanda Hall said some of the tick­ets didn’t have dock­ets at­tached.

The over­all amount spent of $40,087.99 from 1219 en­tries wasn’t a true in­di­ca­tion of what had been spent in the town with the trav­el­ling pub­lic opt­ing out of the cam­paign.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

LUCKY WIN­NER: Biggen­den Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Jim Cun­liffe and trea­surer Amanda Hall with win­ner of the shop lo­cally pro­mo­tion Den­nis Sly.

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