Citizens benefit off big bank win

After almost walking away because she thought she was too busy to enter the contest, a Ponoka woman is celebrating as the grand winner

After almost walking away because she thought she was too busy to enter the contest, a Ponoka woman is celebrating as the grand winner of the Show Me Your Money Spring Master- Card campaign contest.

Heather Morrow is being awarded $500 per month for the next year. After being told in person, “I think I said, ‘Are you kidding? Three or four times’,” she said with a laugh.

Morrow found out the exciting news a month and a half ago and already has a trip to Las Vegas planned. “I’m going to do things for myself I’ve never been able to do … And I have a daughter, I’m sure I’ll splurge on her.”

As part of the contest, Morrow also has $2,500 to give to the charity of her choice; Ponoka Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Last year Morrow signed up her daughter, an only child, for the program because, as an only child, she didn’t have the benefits other children with siblings have.

“It was the best thing I ever did. I support it 100 per cent.”

Although August has only just begun, Morrow’s daughter is already looking forward to Grade 6 so she can once again spend time with her Big Sister.

Big Brothers Big Sisters have summer programs but Morrow decided to sign her daughter up for the one running during the school year. “It gave her something to look forward to.”

Tony Ruijsch, representing Big Brothers Big Sisters, also attended the cheque presentations at the Servus Credit Union.

“It makes the programs stronger,” said Ruijsch, referring to Morrow’s donation. “We appreciate when somebody in the community thinks of us . . . It stays local, the local kids will benefit.”

“We’re pretty excited, especially to have an Alberta winner,” said Janice Brown, senior manager of direct sales with Servus Credit Union.