BoysTown win a life-changer
A MILLION-dollar Tugun beachside apartment is the latest prize home up for grabs from national charity BoysTown.
Funds raised from the property will give a fresh start to disadvantaged children, young people and families in need.
One person who knows the thrill of winning a Gold Coast BoysTown raffle is Sydney woman Joanne Nichols.
The mother of three won a $1.2 million Gold Coast package in the BoysTown Lottery in 2006, which included a property, gold bullion and a car.
Ms Nichols said before her win she was faced with the gut-wrenching decision of returning to work because her family needed the money.
As a result of winning the property she was able to stay at home with her young children.
"We still live in Sydney but we use the Tugun home for holidays," Ms Nichols said.
"BoysTown is such an important charity to support; the competition was never one I thought I would win. It was always about supporting the charity and the work they do."
BoysTown's general manager of fundraising Keith Coventry said the property's Tugun location is what makes it special.
"The location of this home is really something else," Mr Coventry said.
"Forget about crossing busy roads or driving to the beach. As the winner of this property, all you'll need to do is take a few short steps and you're on North Kirra beach. The home features open plan living, dining and kitchen areas which flow out to a large balcony."
BoysTown services include Kids Helpline, Parentline, domestic violence refuges and employment and training services for disadvantaged people.