Natalie Wilkes gets the keys to her new quad bike from Ian Biggs of On Farm Agri Centre last week. Photo: Andrew Board.

Mum wins Wanderers’ quad bike

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Natalie Wilkes admits to being a “raffle donor” – someone who’s happy to buy a ticket but has no serious thoughts of actually winning.

So when the phone call from Wanderers Sport Club manager Diane Drugemuller told her she had won first prize, a quad motorbike, she couldn’t believe.

“I couldn’t stop laughing. I never win anything and was so happy. I had just got back from a run and my girlfriend was just leaving, so I yelled out ‘I’ve just got first prize.’ She said ‘what did you win?’, ‘A quad bike’, ‘what are you going to do with a quad bike!’

Natalie says she bought the ticket off her friend Suzy Kirk who is involved with Wanderers’ netball teams. “Everyone knows I’m good for a ticket. I bought four, I had $20 so said ‘here you go’. It’s a good thing to do. I remember looking at the ticket and saying ‘you’ve got some seriously good prizes here’, but I didn’t think of winning anything, it was just a donation for me.”

The raffle included a range of donated prizes with the partially donated quad bike from On Farm Agri Centre the main attraction. More than 2500 tickets were sold by players and supporters of the club’s rugby, cricket, netball and rugby league teams, raising $12,500.

Diane says the money will be spent on the club’s facilities and player development.

On Farm Agri’s Ian Biggs is also a committee member of the club who started playing for Wanderers as a junior player over 30 years ago. He says the bike is a popular item. “They’re made in China and they’re really affordable, so they’re really popular with farmers but also good for hunting, fishing, recreation, everything.”

Natalie, who lives in Monaco, says she isn’t sure what she will do with the bike but that her kids are excited to give riding it a go. “I’m just rapt to have won something, I never win anything so it’s pretty cool.

“I hope you don’t mind that it’s gone to a middle-aged woman with children who’s not likely to have time on it,” she joked.

Sponsors of the raffle were: On Farm Agri Centre, Farmlands, Richmond Mall, NBS, ASB, Plankville, Mitre 10 Mega, MTA voucher from Spring Grove garage, Village Cycles and Mad Butcher.