FLINDERS View resident Margaret Bodetti spruiks Ipswich wherever she goes - whether it's in a Parisian hotel, the streets of Italy or while enjoying a break on the Sunshine Coast.
She carries Ipswich-themed memorabilia on her travels, and fondly remembers giving an Ipswich keyring to a particularly helpful hotel staff member while in Europe earlier this year.
Her support for the city and its business community has just won her $2750 in the first major prize give away of the Queensland Times campaign City Pride.
Mrs Bodetti is the lucky winner of the first of three major prizes to be awarded to shoppers who buy goods or services from one of more than 370 participating businesses during August.
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It was a meal at Jamaica Blue at Riverlink Shopping Centre that got Margaret her winning entry form, chosen out of thousands of entries by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale last Friday. As residents for the past 40 years and former Ipswich business owners, Mrs Bodetti and her husband Walter make a conscious effort to put money back into local businesses.
"I love shopping in Ipswich," she said.
"It has looked after us for 40 years."
Mrs Bodetti hasn't quite decided what she will spend the money on and was too stunned to celebrate at the weekend. But no matter what she decides to splurge on, the prize will help to support businesses across the city.
All three prizes, worth a total $11,000, will be spent back into City Pride participating businesses. Shoppers have until noon on Friday to enter the second major prize draw worth $2750.