Mdantsane student Chwayita Gwadana, 24, received a birthday gift many dream of when she was chosen from thousands as the lucky winner of a car at the London Roots Party which took place at Police Park on Tuesday.
Yesterday, on her birthday, she walked away with a 2017 Renault Kwid.
The agricultural management student from NU17 said she had been coerced by friends to attend the music concert as part of her birthday celebrations and was shocked when, halfway through the many performances of the night, event master of ceremonies Somizi Mhlongo announced they would be drawing a ticket number to see who would win a car.
A winning number was drawn but when no one came forward with that ticket, Gwadana said Mhlongo announced that he would randomly choose another winner from the audience.
She said she was shocked into immobility when he chose her.
“He just looked at me and said ‘the lady in the blue dress, please come up on the stage’,” Gwadana said.
“I was so, so shocked. They had the car there behind the stage and gave me the keys to get in. I am so happy. No one at home has a car right now. This means so much to both me and my family. This is the best birthday present ever.”
London Roots Party event organiser Nonceba Mona said the decision to give away a car was part of a marketing strategy which she said really paid off.
Mona said just over 6000 revellers attended the event which included acts such as AKA, Cassper Nyovest, TKZee and Distruction Boyz.
“We, as organisers of London Roots are very happy to be giving this car away. We wanted the public to know that for the price of a single ticket, either R180 for general access or R550 for VIP, you could walk away with a brand new car. We plan to run the competition again next year,” she said. — firstname.lastname@example.org