Good things come to those who do good: Cowandilla woman cries tears of joy over $250,000 Play For Purpose win!
Play For Purpose is a not-for-profit raffle helping hundreds of great Australian causes supercharge their fundraising. As part of its support of community organisations, The Lott provides resources and financial support to every Play For Purpose raffle.
A Cowandilla woman believes her philiosophy of “do good and good will come to you” is responsible for her winning a $250,000 Play For Purpose prize with a ticket she bought to support sick kids.
The Adelaide resident’s Play For Purpose prize from Raffle 14, drawn Friday 25 March 2022, includes a Audi e-tron Sportback worth $174,697 and $75,000 in cashable gold.
Each Play For Purpose ticket gives players the chance to win one of hundreds of prizes while supporting an Australian charitable cause of their choice.
The South Australian woman supports The Kids’ Cancer Project as she knows all too well the difference the charity makes to families with sick children, as she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
When we phoned the woman to reveal the winning news, she was giving a helping hand to her friend and completely oblivious she’d won the prize.
“No! No! No! You’re joking? Oh my god,” she screamed.
“Argh! I can’t believe it. I’ve won what? A sports car? This is so surreal.
“Oh my god, I always, always support The Kids’ Cancer Project as I’ve had cancer myself and I always feel for the little kids who are in hospital. It breaks my heart.
“I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and when I was going through my treatment, I just always thought about the poor children who don’t ask to get cancer - well, no one does.
“It just breaks my heart to see children suffer.
“I’ve supported The Kids’ Cancer Project since my diagnosis in December 2017 – roughly five years, and I’ll even continue to do so after winning this amazing prize!
“I’ve been in and out of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. I’ve been in remission ever since, and currently feel great. Fabulous even!
“But, for the first 12 months that I was diagnosed, I was in such horrible pain, and no one picked it up until I had a lump come out of my neck.
“I went through excoriating pain, just excoriating. I can’t imagine how children with cancer do it, so it’s great to see charities find ways to bring happiness to kids in hospital!
“I’m also so grateful that I was able to win such an amazing prize just for supporting a charity close to my heart, and I’m so thankful for everyone at Play For Purpose.
“This brings happiness into my life after two years of going through treatment. Thank you, thank you! I could honestly cry.
“I’ll have to start making phone calls now and telling all my dearest family and friends who are close to me. They know what I’ve been through, and they’ll be very happy for me.
“I was actually at my girlfriend’s house when I purchased the winning ticket. I know for a fact she’ll say, ‘Good on you’. They always say, ‘Do good and good will come after you’.
“I’ll go out for dinner tonight to celebrate. I might even fly to Tasmania for a holiday.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The winner bought her winning Play For Purpose ticket in support of The Kids’ Cancer Project.
Dane Hiser, Head of Individual Giving at The Kids’ Cancer Project, says it’s a shocking fact that more children die of cancer in Australia every year than any other disease.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who generously supported The Kids’ Cancer Project through the raffle,” he said.
“Funds raised will be used to fund vital scientific research to discover kinder, more effective treatments for the 950 Australian children diagnosed with cancer every year.”
Other major prize-winners were from across Australia, including people from Cheltenham, Mt Eliza, Beaconsfield, Mill Park and Werribee who won prize packages for buying Play For Purpose tickets in support of Coeliac Australia, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Starlight Children Foundation, Northern Health Foundation and Rural Aid.
The next Play For Purpose raffle is open. Go to playforpurpose.com.au
Play for Purpose made possible by The Lott
Play for Purpose is the ultimate not-for-profit raffle that gives you the chance to win awesome prizes all while supporting a good cause. With a minimum of $5 from every $10 ticket going to a charity or sporting club of your choice, all you need to decide is who you’re playing for. As part of its support of community organisations, The Lott provides resources and financial support to every Play For Purpose raffle. This reduces Play For Purpose administration costs and means more money from every raffle ticket goes directly to a good cause.
Play For Purpose is conducted by the 50-50 Foundation Limited as trusteee for the 50-50 Foundation (ABN 92 944 713 763), a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Non For Profits Commission. The Play For Purpose raffle is conducted in accordance with T&Cs available at playforpurpose.com.au/terms