Couple will finally have dream honeymoon

2016-02-17 06:00
: Maryke and Charl Neethling. photo: facebook

: Maryke and Charl Neethling. photo: facebook

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THE PE Express has received hundreds of entries for the grand prize of our Valentine’s Day competition – a stay for two people at the Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve near Port Alfred.

It was tough deciding on a deserving couple, because there were so many touching and great entries, but one thing is for sure – there is a lot of love in Port Elizabeth’s air!

The winning letter came from Maryke and Charl Neethling. Here is Maryke’s letter:

This is a love story of no matter what, when two become one, nothing can separate them.

I met my husband through a mutual friend and although it was love at first sight, we did not want to admit it. We started dating and four months before our wedding my mother-in-law passed away from cancer.

It was a sad day for my husband as both his parents have passed on. We got married in March 2001 in Port Elizabeth.

Unfortunately due to the sudden passing of my mother-in-law a honeymoon was not an option.

Two years after our wedding we were told having children of our own was not possible, but still we decided to stick together. Through the years we were faced with many trials and heartaches, but only by the grace of God our love just grew stronger.

Almost thirteen years after we married we were given the opportunity to adopt our beautiful son, but that also took us through a year and six months of emotional and legal battles to get the adoption finalised.

We have a rule: on the 10th of each month we thank each other and God for blessing us for another month together.

We might not buy expensive gifts for each other, but it is the small things and the memories, which money cannot buy and no one can take from you, which matters.

Even after all we have been through as a couple, I truly feel blessed and would do it all over again knowing I have a wonderful husband who would do anything for his family and he always puts us first, no matter what.

The winner’s prize at Oceana will be comprised of a two-night stay for two people sharing, including accommodation and all meals, one game drive per day and use of Wi-Fi, valued at R14 400.

Lodge Facilities

  • Lounge
  • Library and DVD library
  • Deck with 180 degree ocean view
  • Dining room
  • Gym and swimming pool
  • Games room, movie theatre and free internet
  • Boma area for outdoor drinks and/or dining
  • Lounge with bar and casual lunch venue

Some guest activities

  • Beach picnics
  • Beach walks
  • Bird watching
  • Star gazing
  • Rock and surf fishing
  • Indoor games for the whole family
  • Fully equipped spa with steam room
  • Putting green
  • Game drives

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