Win takes battlers from bush shack to luxury home
THE sea change Kingsthorpe couple Bob and Fay Long have dreamt of will become a reality after winning a luxury Sunshine Coast home.
They are set to move from the modest farm house they have rented for the past 25 years to a fully furnished Peregian Springs home, complete with swimming pool.
Mr Long, 68, plans to retire from his aircraft technician job at the Oakey Army Aviation Base in May, 12 months earlier than he had originally planned.
He had dropped home from work to see his wife for lunch on Valentine's Day when he received the call that changed their lives.
"I just about dropped the phone," Mr Long said.
"I couldn't believe it."
Fearing a scam, he told the Endeavour Foundation competition boss he would call them back in an hour.
He and Mrs Long were overjoyed when his investigations revealed they were the genuine winners.
They have been gradually moving their things to the coast and hope to be living in their new home as soon as possible.
"To sleep there the night, we didn't have to take anything except what we had on and a toothbrush."
The win has come as massive relief to Mrs Long, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer two-and-a-half years ago.
"I love the ocean," she said.
They are looking forward to spending time with their two children and their three grandchildren as well as fishing and catching mud crabs.
"I'd love to keep working forever where I am, but the point is you have got to stop some time," Mr Long said.
"Otherwise you end up leaving no time for anything else."
He encouraged people to support the Endeavour Foundation.
"If you have a chance of dragging in something like this while at the same time helping them out, well, why not?"