GOOD GIFT: One of the winners of The Northern Star's Cashed Up for Christmas giveaway, Leona Ross of East Ballina, and sales executive Leanne Cawley.
GOOD GIFT: One of the winners of The Northern Star's Cashed Up for Christmas giveaway, Leona Ross of East Ballina, and sales executive Leanne Cawley. Cathy Adams

Cashed up for Christmas prize turns Leona’s year around

AFTER a challenging year for East Ballina resident Leona Ross, it seems her luck has turned around - she won The Northern Star's Cashed Up for Christmas competition.

Mrs Ross was one of 11,500 entrants, but she was lucky enough to win one of six $1000 EFTPOS cards.

"I was so excited when I found out," she said.

"The husband (Peter) came in when I was vacuuming and he had a funny look on his face, and I thought he said the police were at the door ... he said, 'no, The Northern Star is on the phone'. How I heard the police are at the door I have no idea, but it was such a surprise."

Mr Ross suffered a heart attack six weeks ago, leaving the family's Christmas spirits dampened, however Mrs Ross said winning the competition lifted those spirits greatly.

"This has made my year," she said. "It's a nice Christmas present, I'll spend the money wisely. For years and years I've had $10 taken out every week and I put it in a Christmas account.

"So when Christmas comes around I've got $520 there to buy the ham, but now Peter's had the heart attack he can't really have much in the way of ham."

Mrs Ross said she read the Star every morning.

"I've read the paper every day for the last 40 years and Peter would get the fidgets if he didn't read it for one day," she said.

"I like to have my bit of toast and my cup of coffee and sit there in a sunny spot with the cat curled up beside me and read the paper."



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