Our annual draw had a different look and feel this year, but it was a great “virtual” day out for the NSRI and, of course, our happy finalists!
This year, acknowledging Covid protocols, the draw took place virtually on 15th January 2021, with our finalists joining the excitement online and NSRI representatives spinning the wheel of fortune on behalf of the finalists.
NSRI’s CEO Dr. Cleeve Robertson and Fundraising Manager, Alison Smith led the proceedings at the NSRI’s head office – and were joined online and in person by our auditors, representatives of the National Lottery Commission, Mitsubishi’s Dealer Principal, Mark Africa and Sales Manager, Charl Smit, as well as the NSRI marketers who had sold the finalists their tickets.
In an exciting process, the virtual draw culminated in the announcement of 1 winner of the Double Mitsubishi Car prizes – and 2 happy runners up.
In addition, the NSRI formally announced the winner of our annual Monthly Giving Prize Draw valued at R100 000 at the event.
The NSRI is delighted to congratulate all of our winners as follows:
1st place: Ishrat Arbi – winner of a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and a Mitsubishi ASX
2nd place: Ivan Harris – winner of R250 000
3rd place: Ilse van Heerden – winner of a holiday to the value of R80 000
Mr Jaco Hanekom – winner of the R100 000 Monthly Giving Prize Draw for 2020
First-place winner Ishrat Arbi was over the moon with her prize. Ishrat, who is based in Cape Town and works in the fashion industry, recalls how she was walking around the V&A Waterfront when she saw the NSRI stand with sales staff selling tickets for the draw. They were encouraging people to “give back to the ocean”. She was intrigued because as a Sea Point resident, the ocean, which she loves, is on her doorstep. “At the time, I actually didn’t realise that I could win two vehicles,” she laughs. “I just felt the universe was guiding me to make a contribution, so I did just that.” Ishrat was the first finalist drawn in the NSRI’s mid year draw in July last year. She remembers feeling at the time that her luck would stay on her side, and she was right. Congratulations Ishrat!
Runner up Ivan Harris recently celebrated his 88th birthday, and says his prize was “good timing”. Ivan has been a long-time supporter of the NSRI, having made contributions to Station 26 (Kommetjie) as it’s the station closest to his home in Scarborough, Cape Town. Ivan and his wife, Danielle, run Baskloof, a reserve that aims to promote the conservation of fynbos through education. “I really didn’t expect to win anything,” Ivan says, thrilled, and plans to continue his support of the NSRI.
Ilse van Heerden was called up in January 2020 to see if she would be interested in taking part in the Double Mitsubishi Draw. She decided to do some research before committing. Ilse went online to find out more about the NSRI and what they do. Discovering that the organisation is the only one of its kind in South Africa offering a sea rescue service on a volunteer basis, she felt it was important to support them. “I bought a ticket, thinking ‘what are the chances I’ll actually win anything?’” Ilse and her family have a house at the coast, and she was in fact holidaying there when she was called and informed she was a finalist! After placing third, Ilse was thrilled. “Who wouldn’t be happy?” she laughs. “I feel very fortunate and am very grateful to the NSRI. My thanks to them.” Ilse and her family are relocating to a plot of land where they will pursue their vision for sustainable living and cultivating beehives, and their prize will go a long way to enabling this.
The winner of the Monthly Giving Draw, Jaco Hanekom, is no stranger to service, the sea or rescue work. Jaco is from Jeffreys Bay and spent many a holiday as a lifesaver. He began contributing to the NSRI in 2017. “It was just a small amount, and I actually forgot about it until I was phoned in December with the news,” he says. “I was flabbergasted! It was a big, big Christmas present,” he says, adding that it still feels quite unreal to him. Jaco is a special needs educator who teaches woodwork to children who are not able to progress in mainstream schools. “I teach for the love of it,” he says. It’s perhaps fitting that Jaco’s caring and giving spirit has been rewarded in this way.
We’d like to thank each person who contributes to our annual and monthly competitions.
To take part in our Double Mitsubishi Draw, go to https://www.nsri.org.za/win/nsri-double-mitsubishi-draw/
To be a part of our Monthly Giving Draw, go to https://www.nsri.org.za/win/win-r10000-in-cash/