Winner’s luck

Rebekah Deniese with her new car. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 229846_01

Tara Murray

Sunshine’s Rebekah Deniese received the shock of her life when she found out she had won a car in the Sunshine Business Association’s shop local competition.

Deniese’s name was pulled out of a barrel of entry tickets on February 26..

The grandmother, who picked up the car last Wednesday with her husband and granddaughter, said the entire family was so excited to win.

“When [Sunshine Business Association’s] Vu [Du] was trying to contact me and finally spoke with me, the enthusiasm had to be subdued as I was at a funeral,” she said.

“The excitement was [later] shared by all who were with me, as they would see the pure joy of just having won a beautiful sporty MG car.

“Firstly I would like to thank Vu for drawing my name out of the barrel. He has the magic fingers.

“Next I want to thank the Sunshine Business Association for holding the competition and to Specsavers.”

The shop local competition ran from February 1 to 25.

To be eligible to enter, customers had to spend $25 or more at participating businesses.

The campaign was aimed at bringing more customers to Sunshine, to experience the multicultural shopping precinct and enjoy the uniqueness of the shops and restaurants.

SBA president Carson Luk said the competition had been a success.

“The Shop in Sunshine and Win a Car competition saw our community and business community come together for a common goal of supporting local and supporting each other.

“The success of the competition has shown that our community can emerge stronger and more united through our collective resilience.

“On behalf of the local businesses, thank you to everyone that participated.”

SBA also gave away $3000 in $100 restaurant gift vouchers to 30 winners as part of the competition.

The competition was in partnership with the Victorian government as part of the Love Sunshine-Business Recovery Project.