And the win­ners are...

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Don­ald’s Iz­abella Theo­harethes and Hor­sham’s Helen Thomas are bound for a get­away af­ter win­ning The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser, 3WM and MIXX FM’S Hot or Cold com­pe­ti­tion.

Hor­sham con­tent direc­tor Emma El­som an­nounced the win­ners on Satur­day at Hor­sham’s Har­vey Nor­man.

Ms Theo­harethes won the ‘cold’ hol­i­day to Falls Creek af­ter shop­ping at Har­vey Nor­man, while Mrs Thomas won her ‘hot’ Hamil­ton Is­land hol­i­day shop­ping at Hor­sham Aquatic Cen­tre.

For Ms Theo­harethes, it was a stroke of luck when she changed her des­ti­na­tion of choice on air.

Hamil­ton Is­land was the pop­u­lar choice through­out the com­pe­ti­tion – when the ma­jor draw rolled around 52 peo­ple were in the run­ning for the hol­i­day, with 18 peo­ple se­lect­ing Falls Creek.

Ms Theo­harethes said she swapped to be in the Falls Creek draw for bet­ter odds, a de­ci­sion which worked in her favour.

“I ac­tu­ally picked Hamil­ton Is­land in the orig­i­nal draw,” she said.

“But when I rang up, Kaycee told me I could ei­ther stay with my choice, which would be with 32 other peo­ple at the time, or swap and change to Falls Creek, which had 13 peo­ple.

“So strate­gi­cally I thought that was the bet­ter op­tion, and it worked out.”

While Ms Theo­harethes ad­mit­ted she was ‘aw­ful with the cold’, she said she was keen to pack lay­ers and head off with her part­ner Darby Harrison as soon as pos­si­ble.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. I’ve only been to the snow one other time, which was for a school camp,” she said.

“My part­ner and I re­cently had our two-year an­niver­sary, so it is re­ally nice tim­ing. We’ll head off as soon as we can.”

Mrs Thomas, who was in the draw for a sunny Hamil­ton Is­land get­away, said she al­most fell off her chair when she found out she won.

“I didn’t go on Satur­day be­cause I didn’t think I would win, so I was at the foot­ball watch­ing my grand­son and grand­daugh­ter play,” she said.

“We lis­tened to the draw there and I al­most fell off my chair. I couldn’t be­lieve it.”

Mrs Thomas said she planned to take her daugh­ter with her, in a win that was – al­most – one of her big­gest yet.

“I’ve only ever won a bot­tle of wine and a toaster,” she said.

“And the only other big thing I’ve won would be my hubby’s heart.”

Ace Ra­dio Hor­sham gen­eral man­ager Bren­dan O’lough­lin said the pro­mo­tion was great en­cour­age­ment for peo­ple to shop in their com­mu­nity.

“It was great to see so many peo­ple and busi­nesses from across the re­gion get in­volved in this suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“Any­thing we can do to pro­vide in­cen­tive for shop­pers to con­tinue to sup­port lo­cal is a fo­cus of ours.”

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