Commander Jim George (right) at the official handover of the boat raffle prize to winner Arron Dillaway and his wife Amie.
Commander Jim George (right) at the official handover of the boat raffle prize to winner Arron Dillaway and his wife Amie.

Man hooks big holiday prize

A HOLIDAY at Rainbow Beach turned a dream into reality for a Brisbane family that bought the winning ticket in Tin Can Bay Coast Guard’s largest and most successful fundraising raffle.

Amie Dillaway saw her husband Arron eyeing off the prize — a 4.2 metre Sea Jay Magnum tinnie with a 30hp Yamaha outboard on an aluminium road trailer — at the Tin Can Bay markets and purchased a ticket.

Tin Can Bay Coast Guard Commander Jim George said 10,000 raffle tickets had been sold since fundraising started in February. It was such a great response that tickets were sold out by early September, three months ahead of the expected drawing date.

As a result, the raffle draw date was brought forward and Mr Dillaway was announced the winner.

At the official handover of the boat prize, Mr Dillaway said his father had always dreamed of owning a boat and saved loose change in a jar, but never had his dream realised. The win made his father’s dream a reality.

“Arron (said) he loves fishing and regularly heads out with three friends who pool money to hire a tinnie for a day,” Commander George said.

“Now they’ll be pooling money for fuel to go fishing in Arron’s Sea Jay and the catches will be all the sweeter for it.”

Second prize of a fishing charter for two aboard Tony Stewart’s Baitrunner was won by Graham Neill of Cooloola Cove and the Book Buyer’s prize of a free return vehicle transport from Inskip Point to Fraser Island aboard the Manta Ray barge was won by Mark Homes of Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.

Coast Guard Tin Can Bay would like to acknowledge the fantastic support of Watson’s Marine for providing the boat, Top Gun Trailers of Caloundra, who donated the trailer, Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters, Manta Ray Barge and the thousands of people who purchased tickets.

Gympie Times


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