And the winners are...
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.”