More than 200 #ShopMidCoast gift cards have been activated and $10,000 loaded on to the cards in the first month of the MidCoast Council Why Leave Town promotional program.
Celebrating September's launch 11 lucky winners are now sharing a prize pool of $2000 in cash-loaded cards.
"We're also very excited to see over 170 businesses, right across the MidCoast region, become participants - offering so much choice when it comes to spending your #ShopMidCoast gift card," MidCoast Council economic growth co-ordinator, Robyn Brennan said.
The #ShopMidCoast card has the benefit of no other gift card - it can be used at multiple venues multiple times until the money runs out and has a three year expiry.
This makes it a great way to share the money amongst local businesses which have been affected by the drought, bushfires and COVID-19.
"Businesses across the Mid Coast are embracing new ways to do business, and it's great to see so many have already jumped on-board the Why Leave Town program."
Every card purchased and registered during the launch month of September was entered into the draw to win one of 10 #ShopMidCoast gift cards worth $100 each, along with a major draw for a $1000 card that be used across the region.
Mayor David West conducted the draw at selecting the winners who shared in the $2000 prize pool.
We're also very excited to see over 170 businesses, right across the MidCoast region, become participants - offering so much choice when it comes to spending your #ShopMidCoast gift card.Robyn Brennan
#ShopMidCoast gift cards can be purchased at 20 stores throughout the region.
For a full list of participating outlets visit the Why Leave Town Mid Coast website where you can buy and use the card or to purchase gift cards online.
Cards purchased online can be posted direct to you or the recipient if they're a gift, ready to #ShopMidCoast.
The #ShopMidCoast gift card program is completely free for Mid Coast businesses to join and participate, with social media support and advice also provided.
This initiative is funded by the NSW Government in association with MidCoast Council, and encourages locals to shop locally, boosting local businesses and keeping jobs here on the Mid Coast.
Mark Johnson from Rainbow Flat, who won three $100 gift cards, said family and friends would this year receive a #ShopMidCoast gift card in theirChristmas hampers. .
"I am happy to support the initiative; it is great," Mr Johnson said.
He said it was a great way to keep money within the community, he said.
#ShopMidCoast gift card winners:
- Naya Degnah - $1000
- Mark Johnson (3), Rogan Dickson, Janice Read, Megan Lewis, Cecile Stone, Shea Welsh, Tiana Hazlewood and Brook Batty - $100.
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