Gunnedah couple win trip to Russia for Fifa World Cup finals

Sam and Mandy Leys have won a trip to Russia for the FIFA World Cup finals. Photo: Vanessa Höhnke
Sam and Mandy Leys have won a trip to Russia for the FIFA World Cup finals. Photo: Vanessa Höhnke

When Jen Elphick told Mandy Leys that she and her husband Sam had won tickets to the FIFA World Cup Final in July, she didn’t believe her.

A week on, the Leys are still amazed that they won the Visa competition, which was run through Northern Inland Credit Union.

“I was completely stunned, disbelieving at first,” Mrs Leys said.

“I thought Jen was having a joke with me.”

The national competition prize is worth up to $30,000 and includes includes deluxe accommodation for five days/four nights at Moscow Marriott Hotel, return flights, FIFA category one match tickets with pre-match hospitality, a group activity/tour, plus a Visa prepaid product with $450 USD.

But the Leys aren’t keeping it to themselves – the couple have decided to gift it to two of their four children.

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“We thought the kids would benefit from the trip,” Mr Leys said.

“It’s an amazing prize.”

Mrs Leys said their kids “tried to convince us” to change their mind and take the trip for themselves.

“As a family, we watch a lot of sport,” she said.

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“Even though we aren’t going we will get a huge amount of pleasure out of our children going.”

Mr Leys said he was it was “great that a national competition landed in Gunnedah”.

“All these things don’t get seen or heard of in regional areas,” he said.

He said he and his wife had been with the Gunnedah branch of Northern Inland Credit Union for more than 10 years and said the staff had been "very good to us”.

“It’s a personal service we really appreciate in rural areas,” he said.

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