Over the last couple of weeks, many loyal Caymanian Compass readers have been cutting their way through the daily edition of the paper in preparation for the Going for Gold competition.
Participants had to collect 30 different numbered tokens, which appeared in the Caymanian Compass from Monday, 23 July, to Friday, 17 August, with bonus tokens printed in the Observer on Sunday during the competition period.
It might have been a lot of work, but the effort was worth it, with a $10,000 first prize on the line, as well as a second prize of two tickets on British Airways to London.
The competition was sponsored by Cayman Free Press, BAF Insurance and British Airways.
The lucky winner of the competition was Marysor Bardisco-Caputo, who could not believe her ears when she received the news.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was screaming at my office, hugging everyone. It is really amazing, I still can’t believe it. This is the best!” she said. “I received the call yesterday and I’m still shaking today. It feels like I’m still dreaming, but it is for real now.”
According to Ms Bardisco-Caputo, she has never won anything even close to this prize and had not even started thinking what she was going to do with her winnings.
“Honestly, I don’t know what I am going to do with it yet. I have friends calling saying ‘lunch here, dinner here’ so I am fully booked now with this! My boss told me to invest it,” she said.
The second prize was won by Lillian Burgos, who was every bit as surprised as Ms Bardisco-Caputo when she received a phone call to let her know that she had won.
“I said ‘What did I enter?’ It was really a surprise; I’m 60 years old and this is the first time I’ve won anything like this,” she said.
According to Ms Burgos, she does not enter competitions often, but this one caught her eye.
“The office purchases two papers every day, and I pick them up on the way to work. So I figured we must do something else with the paper instead of just reading them and passing them on to the humane society,” she said.
The competition drew more than 700 entries, with many entrants frantically cutting and pasting tokens up to the entry deadline on 5pm Friday, 24 August.
“Our token hunt competitions certainly seem to be extremely popular with our readers. We have people coming into the offices snatching up the papers looking for the extra tokens. The prize money is certainly worth the time spent cutting and sticking on the tokens and it can be quite fun to do,” said Anne Guerrero, Cayman Free Press marketing supervisor. “We will be doing another one in October to celebrate our anniversary. I already have a great concept for it and any business out there wanting to partner with us please let us know. It is great exposure for your company, just ask BAF Insurance!”
According to Michael Francis, BAF Insurance sales manager, the company was happy with the outcome of the competition.
“The competition was a great success. It added to the excitement of the Olympic Games and provided excellent exposure for our companies. Kudos CayCompass,” he said.
Nicola Grant-Sewell, manager of BAF General added, “We were delighted to support this competition and be a part of the community spirit. It created quite a buzz all over Grand Cayman.”