WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Town Proud winners Delwyn Steinhardt, Thomas Payne and Michael Kreutzer standing with their prize cheques.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Town Proud winners Delwyn Steinhardt, Thomas Payne and Michael Kreutzer standing with their prize cheques. Elaelah Harley

Town Proud locals take their prizes

TOWN Proud winners collected their prize money this morning during a presentation at the Kingaroy Town Hall.

South Burnett Times general manager Daniel Pelcl said more than 65,000 entries proved evidence of a great Town Proud campaign.

"This year was an awesome response once again from our community, and the businesses that have been involved with the Town Proud. At the end of the campaign, we had between 65,000 and 70,000 entries. If you can work out the money that it injected back to the community, it's been awesome,” he said.

"I want to say thank you to our foundation sponsors Swickers and Harvey Norman Computers, and to our seven support sponsors, including Sunshine Mitre 10, Huston Motors, Optus Kingaroy, Discover South Burnett, Crumptons, KCCI and HyTec.”

Defying the odds, three valued locals claimed the prizes.

Delwyn Steinhardt, the $5000 grand prize winner, has lived in the South Burnett all her life.

"I can't really believe that I've actually won. I've never won much in my life at all, and it's great to be winning something that supports my town. I'm very Town Proud,” she said.

"You've got to be in it to win it. You never think that these things ae going to happen to you, and I was just very lucky that it was my turn.”

Thomas Payne, the $1000 second prize winner, was very excited to hear the news.

"I was excited, I nearly fell off my chair when I found out. I nearly didn't answer the phone, too, but I'm definitely pleased I picked it up!” he said.

After facing some tough times, Mr Payne believes he owes it all to his late mother.

"It came at the right time at the moment, too. I was at Kingaroy Plumbing works buying a toilet system, because mine broke, and now I'm needing a new water system, too. It's great to get that extra help to fix things, and I believe I won because of my mum,” he said.

"She always looked after me, and she died in 2007. Every time something goes wrong, something comes good shortly after. I know it's mum looking after me, and I'm sure everyone's mum does the same, but they just don't realise it.”

Michael Kreutzer, the $500 third prize winner, believes it solidifies the reason to shop locally.

"It's always good to shop local, and you've got to support people that support you,” he said.

"I filled in the Town Proud forms when buying some knives and aprons, and a bit of stuff for the new Liberty fuel station. Now that I'm investing in the store, it's exciting to get something back from it, too.”

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