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Biggest Coast raffle in recent history

Win a Mini Cooper and support the National Breast Cancer Foundation

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Biggest Coast raffle in recent history

Two prizes are up for grabs in the High Tea by the Sea raffle, with proceeds going towards breast cancer research.

She’s compact, white with pink accents, is a real head-tuner, and this Mini Ray could be all yours for just $10.

The team at Coastline Mini Garage has donated a brand new Mini Ray valued at $31,000 to a raffle for the annual High Tea by the Sea event.

Coastline Mini Garage marketing manager Sophie Kurz says they did not hesitate to partner with 4 Ingredients for the event, which saw a record 400 tickets sold in less than a week.

With such a large pool of prizes on offer, they decided to open up the raffle, which also features a 14-carat rose gold morganite diamond ring from Sunstate Jewellers valued at $7500, to the public to give everyone a chance to secure a prize.

“We didn’t make it available online because we really want a local winner and the odds are great – better than any lottery,” Kurz says.

“People have been stopping by to support the cause and we have already raised more than $6000 just through raffle tickets.”

All of the money raised from the high tea event and raffle will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Mini Ray was chosen as the big ticket item as Kurz says Mini is a playful and fun brand.

“The car we are giving away has pink mirror caps and pink accent stripes on the bonnet, which is the symbolic colour of the breast cancer foundation, so we thought it was perfect for the event,” she says.

“Coastline has a strong history of giving back to the community. It is something that is really part of our fabric.

“My grandfather, who started the business, his first wife died of cancer and he was a very philanthropic man.

“Cancer has affected my family and it has affected in some way every family I know, it’s really meaningful to us that our speaker for the event, Di Olson, is a survivor and that’s really what the day is about – it’s not about the sponsors, it’s about supporting the people going through cancer, or who have gone through cancer.”

Olson was diagnosed with an aggressive (grade 3) fast-growing tumour in 2014: “Every day I am grateful we have an organisation like the National Breast Cancer Foundation researching to one day make it possible that there will be no more deaths from breast cancer in Australia,” she says.

“Now that I had survived the ‘cut, poison and trauma’ of the disease, suddenly, I find myself, wondering what just happened.

“You are continuously wondering: What happens if the cancer comes back? Will I ever feel normal again?

“And most daunting of all, how do I move forward with my life?

“No one needs to die from breast cancer. I’ll only be here in 13 years celebrating the NBCF’s goal of zero deaths by 2030 if the research continues.

“By purchasing raffle tickets you will have given us that gift and on behalf of everyone currently battling this disease or who may be diagnosed, we are forever grateful.”

The $10 High Tea by the Sea raffle tickets are available at Coastline Mini Garage on Nicklin Way, Caloundra and Sunstate Jewellers in Allen Street, Moffat Beach.

Tickets are also available from a stall near Myer at Sunshine Plaza until September 16.

The raffle will be drawn during the event on October 8.

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Roxy has been a journalist for more than a decade and joined the MWP team at the end of 2016. She is a chocolate-powered writing machine who loves to engage with the Coast community, uncover untold inspirational stories and share information that can help people.

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