Since the third week of March, the Kelowna & District Safety Council has been selling tickets for its 5th annual Harley Davidson raffle fundraiser.
The winning ticket was drawn last month at the annual Boyd Auto Show in City Park, with the winning ticket holder being Bill Gerk of Kelowna.
Gerk won two 2011 Harley Davidson Sportsters and a 2011 Learn to Ride course from the Kelowna & District Safety Council.
The total prize value is $25,869.
Gerk’s wife, Kathy, answered the phone when KDSC executive director Tania Meyer called to tell them of their win, and it took some time to convince her that the phone call wasn’t a prank.
An avid raffle ticket purchaser, Gerk didn’t remember purchasing the raffle ticket when his wife first told him that he had won.
She then clarified that he had won motorcycles, and that in turn helped him remember that he had purchased one $20 ticket for KDSC’s Harley Raffle from a volunteer at a Tim Hortons.
“I never win anything, I just thought I was supporting a good cause,” said Gerk.
“The guys at work have been teasing me about getting some tattoos and keeping the bikes, but I’m going to sell them.”
Hoping he might be on a lucky streak, Gerk went out and bought a lottery ticket after learning that he won the KDSC raffle.
Some 3,500 tickets were printed, and the raffle sold out four days before the draw date.
The fundraiser is expected to leave behind a donation of $35,000 to help support the Kelowna & District Safety Council’s various safety programs for children, seniors and adults.