News Gail’s good luck nets $20K

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

WIN­NER:

Prize win­ner Gail Hughes re­ceiv­ing her prize from David Blyth

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