I also have a weakness for those kids that approach you with a raffle sheet asking for you to take a chance to win some rather mundane prize; though the money is always for school repairs I feel somewhat perplexed when the winners are never advertised. To me it is much better when the kids ask for a donation instead, at least the school is up front on the real business behind asking for money without fooling you into thinking that there is a real chance you might win a bucket of KFC chicken (yes that was the prize of the last school raffle that I took a chance in!). My husband’s sister won a raffle once, the prize was a computer but the whole thing was rigged as her boyfriend’s sister worked at the company where the raffle was issued!
How many of these competitions suffer a similar fate of nepotism and favoritism seeing as winners are never advertised? From my experience I have been a winner three times; one was a Colgate competition to win a trip to see Boyz to Men in concert, I did not win the big prize but the slogan I wrote won me and my school mate free music from Chinese Laundry store. The other prize was a Panorama lime from Du Maurier for me and several friends; needless to say that was a prize we all enjoyed and finally I was a winner of First Citizen’s Bank loan promotion. The prize was a weekend in Tobago for two, but being the diva that I am and the Bank not having any clear plans on what the prize consisted of, my weekend in Tobago would have been staying at the Hilton on an all-inclusive basis with a rental car too booth! In the end after all the calculations of what that would cost they offered me the cash instead which I readily accepted as it was a pretty penny for just two days at the Hilton!
Now I have a bone to pick with both TRIBE and Island People as they both advertised Carnival competitions and I am yet to see a winner announced! I am sure all masqueraders at TRIBE saw this advertised when they went to collect their costume:
And who could miss the Tan Lines competition advertised on Island People’s website:Club Zero
Clubbing at sub-zero levels
Win a VIP night out with your Crew this Carnival
The Heineken Club Zero Competition is about to take you there
How to win?
Look for Heineken Club Zero (in front of the band)
Come in with your crew and “Do Wha yuh want” for 3 minutes
Your entry will be filmed and placed on www.youtube.com
So that on line voters can see who is the best TRIBE crew this year
Whoever wins gets a complete VIP night for the entire crew courtesy Heineken
Island People Mas introduces TAN LINES
Hey!!!.... ya know that annoying tan line you get after wearing your costume on Carnival Monday and Tuesday? Guess what, Island People Mas is asking you to send us a picture of your tan and some interesting lines on how you got it. We will choose the 10 best entries and reward you for being proud of your tan lines.It is now one month and one week after Carnival and there has been no word on either competition! I have yet to get an email asking me to vote for the best Club Zero Crew nor have I seen any updates on Island People’s website with any new information on the Tan Lines competition. Now for me it is less about the prize, since I did not enter, but more about follow through and not perpetuating the culture of having competitions where mysteriously no winner is ever advertised.
The idea of having these competitions is all good, and encourages us masqueraders to try our luck at getting something a little “extra” from our Carnival experience, though a really great prize would be a free costume for the following Carnival! But there is absolutely no sense in having a competition where there are no winners. So here is hoping that someone on the Public Relations or Marketing team of both TRIBE and Island People give some information on the outcome of these competitions and proudly display the winners if they want masquerader’s support in another promotion next year