Bri­anna’s golden luck

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

What’s bet­ter than a choco­late peanut slab? A gold one, of course. Four­teen year-old Ep­som res­i­dent Bri­anna Fuller is thrilled to have won a 340g 18 carat gold slab.

The give­away was part of the Whit­taker’s Big Egg Hunt which took place from March 21 to April 22 and raised $235,000 for Star­ship Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

One hun­dred gi­ant fi­bre­glass eggs dec­o­rated by New Zealand artists were hid­den around Auck­land, Welling­ton and Christchurch be­fore be­ing auc­tioned.

Thou­sands of people across the coun­try en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion to win the gold slab. To qual­ify you needed to ei­ther hunt for a unique code at each egg’s lo­ca­tion or buy spe­cially marked packs of the com­pany’s choco­late prod­ucts.

Bri­anna en­tered with­out any ex­pec­ta­tion of win­ning.

‘‘I couldn’t be­lieve my luck. I think I will wait un­til I am older to make a de­ci­sion about what to do with it, but for now I will keep it in a safety de­posit box.’’

Artist Kirsty Nixon was ex­cited to take part in such a worth­while ven­ture.

Her egg de­picted a flax plant with a cab­bage tree be­hind it and sold on TradeMe last month to a Christchurch bid­der, rais­ing $3640 for the chil­dren’s hospi­tal. ‘‘I loved be­ing part of the fundraiser and it was re­ally ex­cit­ing to watch the bid­ding process,’’ Nixon says. ‘‘ An event like this is a lovely thing to be in­volved in.’’

Bold de­sign: Mead­ow­bank artist Kirsty Nixon with her painted egg which was part of Whit­taker’s Big Egg Hunt.

Photo: CHRIS MILLER

Ul­ti­mate prize: Bri­anna Fuller of Ep­som has won the 18 carat gold slab in the Whit­taker’s Big Egg Hunt.

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