Maluina Aiono wins $30,000 from Digicel

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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THIRTY THOUSAND BIG ONES: There could be only one winner and it was Maluina Aiono of the village of Fasito’o Uta.

THIRTY THOUSAND BIG ONES: There could be only one winner and it was Maluina Aiono of the village of Fasito’o Uta. (Photo: Deidre Tautua – Fanene)

Maluina Aiono of the village of Fasito’o Uta is the lucky winner for the Digicel Promotion Top Up & Win.

The promotion was for customers to top up six tala or more and be in to win weekly cash and tablets as well as daily credit giveaways.

Last week on Sunday the promotion came to an end and the winner of the grand prize was selected live on TV1 by Mulitalo Sailo Tulifau.

At the presentation held at the Digicel Office at the Plaza Building, Mr. Aiono acknowledged Digicel for the fantastic competition.

“I have been a Digicel customer since the company was first established,” he told the media.

“From the beginning of this promotion, I have been topping up my mobile phone but I never thought I could win.

“I missed my chance of  winning a 1,000 tala because I own a shop and I was busy with customers so I didn’t answer the call.

“I was gutted when I heard Mulitalo saying my phone number and that I had missed my chance.

“So that encouraged me to keep on topping up my phone and today I have won more than I missed at the start.”

And in answer to the thirty thousand tala question?

“As you can see I no longer am able to get up and do anything,” said Mr. Aiono.

“All I do is to sit at the shop and serve the customers so the cash will go straight to my parents to help them with the development of our family as well as our business.

“When the call came through my phone I was busy serving customers at the shop so I just answered it and I was serving customers at the same time.

“I heard Mulitalo say I’d won but I didn’t pay much attention . However, it was when the girl rang twice more and asked for my details and everything that it finally hit me.

“I was shocked because I never thought I would be the one to win this prize. I want to thank the Digicel family for all the support.”

As to how much he spent on topping up his phone, Mr. Aiono said it was probably more than a 1000 tala.

Acting Digicel CEO, Farid Mohammed said it has been fantastic to be able to give back to over 700 pre paid customers.

“Now that our Top Up & Win promotion is over, we’ve launched our All in One promotion which will send one lucky winner and a friend or a family member to the U.K. to watch Joseph Parker’s fight in September.

We have a lot more promotions this year for both our pre-paid and post-paid customers and we’re looking forward to rewarding and thanking our customers for their ongoing loyalty.”

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