KALAMUNDA retiree Errol Buick was so surprised to hear that he had won the grand prize of $10,000 in a recent Diabetes WA raffle that he initially suspected he may have been victim to a hoax.
A former teacher, Mr Buick now cares full-time for his wife Jude who lives with Alzheimer’s.
He says the windfall could not have come at a better time.
“We were just wondering where we would get the money to fix the roof, and Jude needs a lot of dental work,” he said.
“So this comes at a really good time, it’s very fortuitous.”
Mr Buick has been living with type 2 diabetes for 30 years; after being admitted to hospital for a minor stroke in 1985, his doctors discovered he also had type2 diabetes.
“I went in not taking a pill and I came out taking a cup full,” he said.
“It’s been a real eye-opener for me and it’s changed my life. I think my diet is a lot healthier now.”
Mr Buick said his winnings will be spent on house repairs including fixing his roof and driveway, which were languishing due to lack of funds.
“It is really wonderful to see the grand prize go to such a deserving recipient,” Diabetes WA communications manager Kate Crassweller said.
The current Diabetes WA raffle closes on September 25, with a prize of $10,000.
Tickets available for $2 by calling 1300 792 998.