Charity comes to garage at the Mears family home



JILL Mears is living life in the fast lane.

The Stanage Bay resident spent $40 on 20 tickets in the name of charity and walked away with $100,000 worth of Toyota cars.

"I've bought tickets in the Australian Red Cross Art Union for years and never expected to win a thing,'' Mrs Mears said. But she did win.

Mrs Mears won the grand prize in last year's last art union and opted for a brand new silver Toyota Prado with all the extras, valued at $57,000.

"I chose four cars for the $100,000 and sold three back to the dealership.

"I lost about $13,000, but that was my choice,'' she said.

Her husband, Barry, will still drive his ute while Mrs Mears drives the Prado and sells her 98 model Nissan Patrol.

"It's our third new car, but my first that's not white,'' she said.

It is undecided whether the couple will take their new toy, which is yet to be named, on their annual pilgrimage to the Burketown Barra Classic in the Gulf this year.

"It might get dirty,'' Mrs Mears joked.

Mr and Mrs Mears plan to save the money they made.

Tickets for the latest Red Cross art union can be bought by calling the Red Cross Art Union line on 5560?4972.

Money raised from ticket sales is used to help deliver over 20 services to vulnerable people around Queensland.

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