FOR one lucky Redland Bay woman, a small act of kindness led to big rewards in the form of her first ever new car.
Sarah (surname withheld) scored a Hyundai Santa Fe Active X as part of a raffle raising funds for the Children's Hospital Foundation.
The competition was run by ALH, which operates venues across Queensland including pubs at Victoria Point, Capalaba and Redland Bay, with patrons invited to purchase a raffle ticket in aid of the hospital foundation.
Sarah was enjoying lunch at the Redland Bay Hotel when she purchased two tickets using spare change.
"I don't carry much cash anymore because of COVID, so I just bought two tickets and didn't think about winning at all but considered it a donation to help get sick kids home for Christmas," Sarah said.
"I never thought that I would actually win and was incredibly shocked when I received the call - this is the first time in my life that I have ever owned a brand-new car.
"Other than the odd $10 on a lottery ticket, this is the greatest prize I have ever won, and it feels amazing."
Sarah's ticket was one of almost 11,000 purchased during the fundraiser.
ALH Group operations manager Josh Bibby said it was an honour to support the Children's Hospital Foundation, with money set to go towards providing support services at Queensland Children's Hospital and funding medical research and equipment.
"We have such incredibly generous patrons, and it's wonderful that Sarah won this prize as a result of visiting the newly-refurbished Redland Bay Hotel," he said.
Martin Him, Hyundai northern region general manager, said Hyundai was proud to support the Children's Hospital Foundation.
"It's always so amazing to hear about deserving community members being rewarded when they are just looking to give back," Mr Him said.
"We feel privileged to be able to give back to not only the Children's Hospital Foundation, but also members of the community."