THE Coetzer family of Johannesburg has just returned from the trip of a lifetime – to the World Cup in Australia, courtesy of Mini-Cricket sponsors KFC – where they got to watch the Proteas in action, meet the players. And take in some of the famous tourist sights that the country has to offer.
Debbie Coetzer, who won the prize, said while they have mixed feelings about the games they watched – they saw the Proteas lose badly to India, and then beat the West Indies comfortably – nothing will beat the experiences they had in Australia.
“Our family got to sightsee in Melbourne and Sydney, going to places like Federation Square, The Skydeck, doing the MCG tour, a Sydney harbour cruise, Bondi beach, Taronga Zoo, and the Sydney Opera House,” she said.
“It was my family’s 1sttime in Australia. We have travelled overseas before but nothing beats the experience that we had in Australia, it was magnificent. The people were friendly, and Melbourne and Sydney are the best cities I have been to by far.”
Debbie describes the trip as an adventure. “it was very well-organised, the person that drew up the daily programme for us , did a very good job because they made sure that we got to explore Melbourne and Sydney very well.”
It meant different things to different members of the family, she explained. “My personal favourite was when we went on a cruise around Sydney Harbour Bridge, that’s when we got to see the Sydney Opera House.
“Meeting the players was my daughter Georgina’s ultimate experience, she is crazy about cricket. She particularly loved meeting David Miller, Dale Steyn and Faf du Plessis, she almost cried when she met them, it was like she was dreaming she could not believe that this was happening to her.
“My other daughter Alexandra is fascinated by architecture so the Eureka Tower was her favourite and finally my daughter Catherine loves animals, so the Zoo visit was the one and only highlight for her.”
And for all of them, the cherry on top was watching AB de Villiers making the fastest ODI 150 in the game against the West Indies.
“We have watched the Proteas play at Wanderers so many times, but watching them live in Australia was totally different,” Debbie said.
“The entire family would like to thank KFC giving us this once in a life time opportunity, everything was planned to perfection, we had a blast and it’s all thanks to KFC. They should continue making other people’s dreams come true.