Maggie Robinson Wins Pilgrimage Competition!
Congratulations to Maggie Robinson from Randpark Ridge in Johannesburg with ticket # 0394. Maggie will be joining Fr. Brian Mhlanga, OP on a memorable pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal. A late surge in entries saw the Radio Veritas South Africa Pilgrimage competition for two valued at a
A late surge in entries saw the Radio Veritas South Africa Pilgrimage competition for two valued at a whopping prize of R60 000 on an October pilgrimage to Fatima reach a successful conclusion. Our goal was to receive at least 1000 entries for the competition, said the station’s Executive Director; Fr. Emil Blaser, OP but, one day before the deadlines for entries we had on 700. The final
"Our goal was to receive at least 1000 entries for the competition," said the station’s Executive Director; Fr. Emil Blaser, OP, "but, one day before the deadlines for entries we had only 700. The final push created so much excitement that more than 300 entries were received in one day. We are very grateful to everybody who worked hard to make the competition a success."0
The competition winner was drawn by Fr. Brian Mhlanga, OP, who is the Associate Station Manager of Radio Veritas South Africa, and who will lead the Pilgrimage to Fatima.
After the draw, Maggie Robinson was phoned live on air by Fr. Emil Blaser. The self-employed winner was at first puzzled and then became excited as Fr. Blaser congratulated her on winning two places worth about R60 000 which will take her to Fatima for the centenary celebrations of the Marian apparitions there. Maggie will take her daughter Bonnie with on the pilgrimage, in memory of the winner’s late mother, Bessie who had longed to visit Fatima. Between the two, they had bought five tickets. The pilgrimage competition has been an important fund raiser for Radio Veritas South Africa since 2013. Taking part in the competition gives listeners the chance of winning places on a special
Maggie will take her daughter Bonnie with her on the pilgrimage, in memory of the winner’s late mother, Bessie, who had longed to visit Fatima. Between the two, they had bought five tickets. The pilgrimage competition has been an important fund raiser for Radio Veritas South Africa since 2013.
"Taking part in the competition gives listeners the chance of winning places on a special pilgrimage," said Fr. Emil, "but it is also a very important way of supporting Radio Veritas.".
The pilgrimage, headlined by Radio Veritas South Africa and The Southern Cross, will take the group from October 1 – 10th to Fatima, Lisbon, Coimbra and Santarem in Portugal, and to Avila, Salamanca, Alba de Tormes and Madrid in Spain.
A Message from Maggie Robinson:
"Thank you Radio Veritas South Africa and The Southern Cross for the most amazing telephone news. I am overwhelmed and so excited. I have never won anything other than a fruit cake in my life, she said. And now God has given us the best gift of all time! Bonnie Robinson and I have just won an all expenses paid trip. Not just any trip. This is a very special trip! We are going on the 100 years Pilgrimage to Fatima with Father Brian Mhlanga!
"I still cannot believe that we won! My daughter Bonnie and I will make this trip together in honour of my beloved Mother Bessie Joseph to realise her wish and dream to have visited Fatima. Everyone who knew her knows how dedicated she was to Our Lady and The Rosary! This trip falls over her birthday, too, and I just know that God and Our Lady together with all our heavenly Angels gone before us, had a hand in us being chosen to do this trip.There is no doubt in my mind that this is going to be a life changing experience for us.Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Lord! Oh, what a beautiful day!"
Pictures show Fr Emil, with Lydia Orsmond of Sodapop (competition organises) and auditor Jeremy Grist at the draw, and the drum containing all the tickets.