Our dads have always been there for us through thick and thin, putting up with our mistakes and helping us with any problem we may face. That’s why last father’s day, we thought of a contest to help people give their deserving dads a special gift. An opportunity to spruce up their domain — their yard.
The contest rules were simple. People will nominate their dads or spouses and tell us why they deserved to win. Lucky entries will then be chosen to take home one of our prizes which amounted to over $1,000. The prizes consisted of a new Active Tuff Roll which retails for $800, a 12-foot trampoline and a Bunnings Gift Card worth $100.
After we announced the contest on Facebook, the entries immediately came pouring in. People young and old started sharing their personal stories about what made their dads or spouses special. Some stories tugged at our heartstrings, while the others made us laugh. But best of all, they all came from the heart.
All in all, we received over 70 entries to the contest, which made it incredibly difficult to choose only three winners. We felt that all the dads nominated deserved to win, alas, we only had three prizes to give away.
In the end, three stories stood out and made a lasting impact on all of us. Our first prize went to Jackie Burrows whose father works as an essential worker, and also has regularly donated plasma for the last 30 years. The second prize went to Rebecca Jane whose spouse has had a challenging year yet he continues to keep going and refuses to give up for his little one. The final prize went to Carmen Upton, her dad serves as a disability support worker and loves having outdoor adventures with his grandson who has autism. These stories touched our hearts and will continue to remind us how big a role our fathers play in our lives.
We thank everyone who shared their wonderful stories about their dads with us, and we hope that your fathers know just how much you appreciate them.