Celebrating your eigth birthday is always a big event – but for Tasmania’s Carter Lithgow it has turned into a $20,000 windfall thanks to Glucojel
Carter received his parents’ permission to enter the Glucojel Express Yourself Favourites Edition photo competition and created an eighth birthday message for himself using Glucojel jelly beans.
His “Happy Birthday to Me” photo of the creation was entered into the competition, along with thousands of other individual entries from across the country.
Carter’s entry was selected in a random draw as the national winner and he joined his parents for the presentation of the $20,000 prize at Kings Meadows Discount Pharmacy, Launceston.
Carter said he got the idea for a birthday message as he was putting the entry together on the night before his birthday.
And like any soon-to-be-eight-year-old, there was a message to his mum and dad not to forget that tomorrow was his big day.
Carter said he submitted about 50 entries into the competition while his mother, Kylie, said she put in about 20.
“Some of Carter’s were amazing. He even did some animated ones,” she said.
Carter is being generous with the winnings and is giving some to his parents and his brother and sister, while also helping to pay bills.
He is also using some of it for a visit to Melbourne, a journey that involves taking his first plane trip.
Kylie said some money also would be donated to the children’s hospital.
“Carter was quite ill when he was very young and spent time at the hospital so we always try to help them out when we can,” she said.