He’s 12 on 12/12/2012
IT'S not a Chinese lucky number, but Will Hayes of Kyogle reckons the number 12 is bringing him all the good fortune he needs.
The Year 6 student will spend today celebrating his 12th birthday, remarkable for the fact that he turns 12 on the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of this millennium.
While doomsday mongers predict the end of the world in just nine days, marking the end of the Mayan calendar, Will is convinced his string of repeated numbers is a happy coincidence that has lately brought him an unusual amount of good luck.
"I've just been given a new Thumpstar motorbike, I also found out I got into Trinity High School, and earlier this year I was made sports captain," he said.
His mother, Shelly Hayes, has a feeling his good luck is set to continue.
"Will's school swimming carnival is next week and we're hoping he will win an age champion title this year," she said.
Will's eldest sister, Jessica, is so convinced of the day's importance, and its good luck, that she plans to buy an instant scratchy ticket for her little brother.
"Jessica said she'll buy a ticket from the newsagent and hopes to take it to Will at school so that he can scratch the ticket at 12 minutes past 12 o'clock," Mrs Hayes laughed.
"Even our pharmacist asked to shake Will's hand - we've all been thinking that lining up four twelves in a row is a sign of good luck."
"You can't do the same thing with the number 13 - there is no 13th month," she said.