Raffle winner off to a flying start

2012-07-21 18:50

If you’ve ever entered a raffle and won, chances are your prize was a nice dinner, a set of new tyres, a cake or maybe a succulent sheep for the braai.

But when Lizzi Jewaskiewitz paid R250 for a raffle ticket, she got a little more than she bargained for: a Cessna 177RG Cardinal aircraft.

Jewaskiewitz (52) is a homemaker from Vryheid. She says before her big win, “I had never even won a cream cake in my life”.

She’s not sure yet what to do with her prize – but she certainly won’t be flying the plane herself because, she told City Press, she’s “too old”.

“When I heard the news, I thought I was going to pass out. I couldn’t breathe. It was just so surreal. I still feel like I’m walking in the clouds,” she said.

The plane was the grand prize in an annual competition run by Dennis Jankelow & Associates, an aviation insurance company.

The company runs its competition to raise funds for the Reach for a Dream Foundation, which works with extremely ill children.

The competition has been run for 15 years and each year a plane has been given away.

The winner also receives pilot training worth R100 000.

Jewaskiewitz said she entered the competition to support her 20-year-old nephew, who has just qualified as a pilot.

She said she initially thought her nephew could use the plane to start his own business.

“I have kept my word and asked him if he has any use for it and he has told me that because it is such an advanced plane, it would be expensive to maintain.”

She’s now considering selling the plane and giving her nephew a share of the money.

Debra Myburgh of Dennis Jankelow & Associates said the company started the competition 15 years ago because it wanted to give something back to the industry and help people who wanted to learn to fly.

The competition also helped children battling life-threatening illnesses, Myburgh said.

The planes are bought second-hand by the company for its raffle.

They are usually four-seaters in good condition, and are valued at between R800 000 and R1 million.

Jewaskiewitz is due to collect her prize in Johannesburg tomorrow.


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