By Debra Downey, Senior Editor
An eye-catching image of bright yellow sunflowers against a traditional red barn has earned Robin Leworthy Wilson a spot in the annual Heart and Stroke Calendar Lottery.
Wilson snapped the stunning photograph in late afternoon last summer along Highway 6 in Flamborough.
She had just dropped off her children at a sporting event when she spotted the farmer’s field overflowing in brilliant yellow. In one of those moments when the breath-taking scenery demands you stop to smell the roses, Wilson interrupted her busy day and headed home to grab her camera.
She took a number of photos of sunflowers up-close before returning to her car parked on the side of the road. Realizing the view from the road was just as “gorgeous,” Wilson crawled up through the sun-roof of her vehicle to get a better, more aerial view of the field.
“I do that sometimes, get up through the sun-roof to get up high and above. By the time I crawled back through the sun roof, I looked around and there were five or six others who had stopped to take photographs, too.”
Wilson purchased the Heart and Stroke Calendar Lottery a couple of years ago, so she was on the mailing list when the Heart and Stroke Foundation issued a call for calendar photographs. Prevention and research for heart attacks and strokes is a cause very close to Wilson’s heart. Her dear grandmother, Teruko Sakamoto, was rehabilitating and recovering from a stroke, when she died of a heart attack in 1997.
The Heart and Stroke Calendar Lottery raises funds to assist the foundation’s work of eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through research, promotion of healthy living and advocacy.
Just in time for the Christmas season, the calendar costs $25 and keeps giving all year long. The recipient has a chance to win three daily cash prizes, all while helping an important cause. Along with the cash prizes of $5,000, every day, there are 52 weekly prizes of $10,000 and 12 bonus holiday jackpots of $15,000. New for 2012-13 are 2,000 monthly cash back prizes of $25, 12 monthly cash prizes of $100,000, an early bonus cash prize of $25,000, an early bird cash prize of $250,000 and the beautiful wall calendar, full of photos like Wilson’s.
Wilson said that along with being a perfect present, stocking stuffer or hostess gift, she purchased the calendars as teacher appreciation gifts last year.
“They’re great because they help a cause and you can personalize it and give it to someone who will appreciate it,” she said.
Heart and Stroke Calendar Lottery tickets are available for purchase by calling 1-888-514-7767 or online at www.heartandstroke.on.ca/calendar.