The Sunday News
Sinokuthaba Dube and Sijabuliso Nyoni, Sunday News Reporters
DOZENS of people walked away with various prizes including a man who won the grand prize of $25 000 at the Choppies Big Birthday competition final draw held at Nkulumane Shopping Complex in Bulawayo yesterday.
Mr Cephas Sanyarika from Harare walked away with the grand prize.
Contacted by telephone after he was announced the winner, Mr Sanyarika said he was happy to scoop the main prize after he only bought goods worth $50.
“I can’t believe I am the top winner. I am at a loss for words because I never thought I would win considering the money that I used to purchase those goods. Thank you Choppies for such a dream come true,” said Mr Sanyarika.
Another winner Mrs Sibongile Ngwenya from Bulawayo who walked away with $20 000 and $2 000 separate consolation prizes courtesy of Tanganda Tea, said she was surprised to be among the winners.
“We really appreciate what the company is doing for the nation, it is surely value for your money as customers have a chance to win big at the competition,” she said.
Among the winners were some Choppies employees who walked away with consolation prizes of $2 000.
Choppies Zimbabwe country manager Mr Jinu Joseph said it was befitting for the company to award its employees, as they are playing a big role in its growth.
“We really appreciate what they do for the company and we ask you as customers, to do the same. This year again, we had a competition for our employees as a way of showing appreciation of their dedication and sterling hard work,” he said.
The Choppies Big birthday promotion is an annual themed grand prize competition and promotion that runs from October to December. Choppies has 32 outlets around the country. An official from Choppies marketing department Ms Trashmah Kazembe said the retail chain was grateful to customers for the support they have rendered to the company.
“It is our wish that everyone in every city goes away with a prize. We encourage our customers to participate by buying and ensuring that they fill in their till slips and drop them in the entry boxes
available in-store. Customers are also allowed to go and fill in their till slips at home and bring the receipts at their convenience.”
The draw was also marked by entertainment by various local artistes who included Andy Muridzo and Sandra Ndebele who kept the crowd on its toes during the event.