Resident could soon be millionaire

2019-11-26 06:00
Back from left to right: Blade Petersen (brother), Natasha Petersen (mother) and Hartland Petersen (father). Bottom row: Raiden Petersen (son) and Luschano Petersen (competition finalist).

Back from left to right: Blade Petersen (brother), Natasha Petersen (mother) and Hartland Petersen (father). Bottom row: Raiden Petersen (son) and Luschano Petersen (competition finalist).

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A Grassy Park resident, who is a contender for one of the largest cash prizes in South African radio, could soon have her life turned upside-down.

Luschano Peterson, a mother to two-year-old Raiden, says this opportunity given to her by Smile 90.4FM for the chance to win R2 million in cash will be life-changing for her and others in her community.

For her, winning the R2 million would mean financial freedom. “It’s not having to stress and worry about the little things that end up becoming bigger things. For me, it would mean just being able to spend more time with my family and living life to the absolute fullest.”

She says the money would afford her family travel opportunities, too.

She adds: “An education fund for my son, because what kind of mother would I be if I didn’t secure his future. I’d also like to help my parents develop a smallholding they bought a good few years ago, into a working farm in Gauteng.”

Her community will benefit because she would like to assist homeless people she sees every day.

“I travel to and from the city every day for work. I can’t believe how many homeless people I see. Not just adults, but children too. It’s a growing epidemic and more needs to be done,” she says.

Her idea to help the homeless involves setting up a mobile food truck that can travel to different communities, offering free meals to those who need it most. But with R2 million on the cards, she says she would be able to do much more.

“I dreamt I had bought an old warehouse and turned it into what looked like a hotel, but instead of having paying guests, I drove around looking for homeless people and giving them a room for the night. The hotel had all the services for them that paying customers would receive, except these were people who needed it most,” she says, adding that she’d like to turn this dream into a reality could she afford to.

According to a statement, the competition asks listeners to catch the R2 million hit that plays anytime between 6:00 and 21:00 and when they hear it, to SMS their details. Each day, up to three finalists are announced. There are currently just over 70 finalists who could win between R50 000 and the grand prize. “We know how tough it can be to make ends meet in our current economy. To help make things a little easier for someone or even a whole community, is something quite special,” says Smile 90.4FM’s programme manager Naveen Singh.

On Saturday 30 November, finalists will descend on Camps Bay High School sports field, where one lucky finalist will be chosen to draw a box from a wall of 100 boxes.

Even with just R50 000, she says she could make this a Christmas to remember for many. “Half of the money will go into either making food hampers for the homeless or making an enormous amount of food and driving around on the streets of Cape Town and just handing out ready-made food. The other half will go into paying school fees for a year and giving my family a Christmas they’ll never forget.”


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