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Rupert Vanterpool wins Nissan X-Trail in Red Cross car raffle

- Proprietor of Bucks Food Market in VG said he never expected to win
Virgin Gorda businessman Rupert Vanterpool is the winner of the Nissan X-trail 2016 that was raffled by the BVI Red Cross Society. Photo: Facebook
More than $20,000 was raised for the BVI Red Cross Society via the car raffle. Photo: VINO/File
More than $20,000 was raised for the BVI Red Cross Society via the car raffle. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Rupert Vanterpool of Bucks Food Market on Virgin Gorda is now the owner of a brand new red Nissan X-trail 2016, thanks to his participation, although reluctant, in the BVI Red Cross Society's fundraising car raffle.

The BVI Red Cross Society's car raffle began from May and was raffled on Friday December 9, 2016 at its headquarters in Road Town.

In addition, Mr Vanterpool will receive one-year insurance from Caribbean Insurers Limited and $40 gas from Delta Petroleum.

In an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), Mr Vanterpool said he bought only one ticket, number 0674, from an agent who came into the Marina where his business is located in Virgin Gorda.

After his initial hesitation, since he said he never wins anything despite taking part in many raffles, Mr Vanterpool changed his mind when he learned that there was only one ticket left and it was costing only $25.

“I said I’m not going to win anything but here I will donate it to the Red Cross and then I really forget it until last night,” he said.

Mr Vanterpool mentioned that he first learned it from a colleague who called him to inform him of his win and it was officially relayed to him by Mrs Helen Frett, Director of the BVI Red Cross Society.

“As a matter of fact I had to go see where it was because usually, I don’t win, so I was really happy and excited when I got the news. Usually, I support all activities but this was my first win.”

Early Christmas gift

“I have my own vehicle but I was thinking of getting a new one, so I wouldn’t have to think of that again, I got my Christmas gift,” he said, adding that he intends to take the midday boat to go claim his brand new ride on Monday December 12, 2016.

Fundraising initiative

Meanwhile, Director of the BVI Red Cross Mrs Helen Frett said the car raffle was a fundraising drive to aid the non-profit organisation.

“The Red Cross has to raise its own money for its operational and programme costs and so that was one of the fundraising events that we did for the year,” she told VINO.

The fundraising event, along with a Christmas sing out and lighting of the Christmas tree, also brought the curtains down on their 60th anniversary.

Public Support

“Initially it was very slow because persons were not buying as readily because we didn’t set a date yet, and we were telling them that we would set a date when we sold the tickets. So persons were not buying, so once the date was announced, persons started to buy and the sale picked up within the last week, especially within the last two days,” she informed.

More than $20,000 was raised in the car raffle.

The cost of the vehicle is in the region of $32-36,000.

16 Responses to “Rupert Vanterpool wins Nissan X-Trail in Red Cross car raffle”

  • . (11/12/2016, 10:18) Like (18) Dislike (12) Reply
    money always go where money is
  • ! (11/12/2016, 11:04) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
    Dem who have always getting!!!
    • Hmm (11/12/2016, 11:09) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      soo true!!
    • Shine (12/12/2016, 03:19) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      @., ! and total. With that mentality and attitude some of you will continue to lack. You are speaking negativity over yourself and you don't even realize it. Just be happy for him. Don't know him, what he has from what he doesn't have but it does not matter. Congratulations Mr. Vanterpool.
  • tola (11/12/2016, 14:03) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Rich get richer
  • Yes (11/12/2016, 14:48) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just look at these nasty comments, why they cant be happy for the man? Hope none of them Christians because they certainly do not have a very Christian attitude.
  • Congrats (11/12/2016, 15:59) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    People don't be a play hater. He won it he didn't steal it.

    Do good and it shall follow you. It has nothing to do with have and have not. His parents always giving he is reaping from what he and his parents have planted. If you want to reap keep sowing one day you will reap. Yes he bought a ticket and yes he won. Let's stay positive
  • dawn (11/12/2016, 17:42) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    you have to play to win
  • VG (11/12/2016, 19:48) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    It could not happen to a nicer gentleman! Congratulations a Junior. Drive safely!
  • JVD (11/12/2016, 22:49) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Am happy for the young man cause it's raffle. I would rather see alot of people who can't afford or go to the bank for loan to win these raffle.
  • Congrats (12/12/2016, 08:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    congrats Rupert :) your friends at Cape Air :)
  • Kermit (12/12/2016, 10:03) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    I sure this man done have 3 vehicle park outside his house lol This is exactly why i don't play raffles cause the amount of tickets you have to buy just to even really have a chance is way out my jurisdiction.
  • Virgin Gordian (12/12/2016, 13:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Mr. Vanterpool perfect red for the Christmas Season. Enjoy your new set of wheels.

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