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'Q is the Key' gives home to two winners

Published:Monday | February 23, 2015 | 2:00 AM
 Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum's Q Is The Key Promotion Winners Marie Buchanan (second left) and Marlon Baugh (second right), cut the ribbon at a ceremony to celebrate the two WIHCON homes that they won respectively. Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony with the two are J. Wray & Nephew Limited's Pietro Gramegna (left) and Cecil Smith. The newly built Jacaranda Medici unit by WIHCON is a 547 sq. ft. semi-detached two-bedroom house with one bathroom located in Old Harbour. In addition to the grand prizes, the promotion saw more than 15,500 entrants winning in excess of 2,000 weekly prizes worth more than $30 million in total. 

St Ann native Marie Buchanan, like many other Jamaicans, has never been able to buy a home. With low employment prospects, coupled with a tough economy and a sliding dollar, Buchanan did not have homeownership in her thoughts because this was never seen as a financially viable goal.

Then, in less than a month into 2015, her fortunes changed for the better, thanks to Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum's Q Is The Key competition. In the final draw on January 23, she was one of two Jamaicans to win a new home built by West Indies Home Contractors (WHICON).

"When I got a call that I won a home from Wray & Nephew White Rum, I couldn't believe it. I'm unemployed right now, so I can't explain what this home means to me. I saw the competition advertisement on television, and decided to enter 12 times, hoping that I could win one of the two houses and move in my family. Now I can!" Buchanan said.

The other winner in the competition, interior decorator Marlon Baugh from St Catherine, entered the competition six times and is still beaming with happiness over his win. Baugh, who has now become a two-time homeowner after winning this prize, is still deciding on his next move.

"My wife and I are still so happy about winning. We need more time to process what to do with the home that we owned prior. This was such a good idea from Wray & Nephew to offer such an amazing prize to Jamaicans," Baugh said.

Cecil Smith, marketing manager for white rums & white spirits, said, "The Q Is The Key competition has been one of the largest local brand initiatives in recent times, with more than 15,500 entrants winning in excess of 2,000 weekly prizes worth $30 million in total," Smith said.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com