Accountant wins ‘dream' trip to Rio
While a trip to South America had always fancied Monica Stone-Brown, it certainly was not on the balance books for the accounting professional, who hails from the Sunshine City of Portmore.
Now, just four weeks away from her scheduled arrival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Stone-Brown is still "pinching herself" following a call from telecommunications firm, FLOW, informing her that she had won a trip for two.
She will have the privilege of witnessing one of the most anticipated events in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics Games - the 100m men's and women's final - where Jamaican athletes Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson are expected to dominate.
"It's still like I am dreaming," said the lucky winner, who works at the Excelsior High School in Kingston.
She shared that she was asleep, recovering from a surgical procedure, when she got the call.
"I almost hung up on the lady because I said this must be a scam," she laughed.
Stone-Brown asked the caller to hold while she quickly consulted with her son, Kirk, about how she should handle the call.
Kirk Brown, who will be accompanying his mom on the dream trip, urged his mom to comply with the request from the caller to provide her details and to accept an invitation to the FLOW head office to complete the handover of the prize package inclusive of luxury accommodation, transportation, tickets and spending money.
"I can only say thank you, a big thank you for choosing me" said an emotional Stone-Brown, when the prize was presented at the FLOW office on Tuesday. "I have been a customer from it was Telecommunications of Jamaica, Cable and Wireless, LIME and I didn't know that I would ever win a prize like this," she added.
"I am a big sports fan. I love track and field, but I am also looking forward to the sights and sounds of Brazil. I have heard a lot about their food, their carnival, Brazilian football and I am going to try to experience it all," she laughed.
Garfield Sinclair, FLOW's managing director, encouraged the pair to enjoy the experience and savour the 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity at the Games.
"We are giving Jamaica and the region an experience with the Olympic Games like never before and Monica's trip is an example of the ways that we will be going above and beyond in leveraging our position as the official broadcast sponsor of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," said Sinclair.
Stone-Brown will join five other FLOW winners from across the region on her trip.