Family wins $2000 grocery prize
A COUPLE of cute toy puppies, purchased for a good cause, have won a Gympie family $2000 worth of groceries.
Sisters Keeley and Maddie Henderson knew a real puppy was out of the question, so they were content with the toy dogs their mum Donna purchased for them from Gympie’s IGA Cornett.
The “mascots” were being sold as a fundraiser for the Mater Little Miracle Easter Appeal and with each purchase shoppers went into a competition to win $2000 worth of groceries.
Thousands of shoppers from all over Queensland and Northern New South Wales entered, which made it a genuine surprise for Donna when she heard she’d won.
“It was a very nice surprise – we were very happy!” she said.
“I think it’s important to support sick babies and children with fundraisers like the Mater Little Miracle Easter Appeal by purchasing merchandise.
“It’s great to give back to the community and I know I’d want to make sure my daughters received the best possible specialist care at the Mater if they ever needed to go to hospital.”
IGA Cornett store manager Peter Olsson said the appeal had raised more than $1.1 million for the Mater.
“It just shows you have to be in it to win it,” he said.
“It’s a fantastic prize for a Gympie family to win.”