For Ross, it?s what goes around comes around
ROSS O'Reilly believes in karma.
Two months ago Mr O'Reilly, the principal of O'Reilly Real Estate in Yeppoon, had handed over $5000 to the Keppel Bay Sailing Club to sponsor their junior sailing program.
Last Saturday he was one of about 3000 people who filled the club's two buildings on Anzac Parade for Keppel Bay Sailing Club's annual $5000 giveaway for members.
And as luck would have it ? he won the $5000.
Mr O'Reilly hadn't even really planned to attend the draw. "It was absolutely by chance,'' he said.
"I was late to do an inspection and I rang my wife Judy and she did it.
"As she was driving past she saw the club and remembered about the draw at 3pm and rang me.
"You had to be there to win the money and I was the third name drawn out.
"When I rang Judy to tell her I'd won she didn't believe me; I had to put someone else on the phone before she believed I had won it.''
While most people might have pocketed the $5000 to pay off bills or buy a boat, Mr O'Reilly has other plans for the money. "We've decided the $5000 will be used to sponsor the junior sailors again next year,'' he said. "I had done a good deed and it had come straight back. "It's a bit of karma.''
Mr O'Reilly began the business about four months ago and the donation to the sailing club was the first time they had sponsored sport as a real estate agency.
Keppel Bay Sailing Club promotions officer Amanda Mapes said past winners of the $5000 giveaway included a couple from Biloela and a long-time member of the club.
"The giveaway was introduced as a way to encourage members to renew their membership,'' she said.
"And the draw was definitely official ? we had two scrutineers and there were two other names drawn out before Mr O'Reilly's.