News Gail’s good luck nets $20K
PORT Douglas identity Gail Hughes has won $ 20,000 after purchasing charity scratchies for Blind Sports Australia.
The Get a blind person into sport promotion was launched for the first time last year and on January 15, out of nearly 12,000 entries in the major prize draw, Ms Hughes’ name was drawn.
Over 50,000 scratchies have been purchased – three of those by Ms Hughes, who said she couldn’t believe it when she found out she had won.
‘‘I was like ‘wow!’, it feels pretty good winning because sometimes you don’t think people ever win these things,’’ she said.
‘‘They came into the shop, Shimma, and I bought three from them – I wasn’t feeling lucky but you are always hopeful.’’
She flew to Melbourne with her husband Rhys Bawden to collect her prize and have lunch with Blind Sports Australia chairpeson, Mr David Blyth AO, and the chief executive.
Ms Hughes said she spent some of the money having a holiday in Melbourne and plans to spend some of the prize on her children.
‘‘We just had a week in Melbourne which was bit of a holiday and I don’t know yet what I am going to spend the rest on,’’ she said.
‘‘I encourage everyone to get involved, they’re a pretty good charity. I always buy tick- ets in anything like that, I always have and always will.’’
Mr Blyth said money from the campaign will assist blind sports by increasing participation levels and promoting and advocating on behalf of blind sports.
‘‘Able bodied sport participation is growing, but blind sport participation is low and falling,’’ he said.
Mr Blyth has played blind golf both nationally and internationally and cricket for Victoria and Queensland and is the current Australian B1 (fully blind) golf champion.
Blind Sports Australia is launching their second annual Get a blind person into sport
promotion, this year with a major cash prize worth over $30,000.
Prize winner Gail Hughes receiving her prize from David Blyth