Winner of Christmas Lighting Competition Still Awaiting Payment Six Months Later

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Six months have passed since the Festival Commission announced the winners of the Christmas Lighting competition.

Despite securing first place in their zone, the winner has yet to receive the promised prize payment, sparking frustration and disappointment.

The competition, which aimed to celebrate and reward the community’s festive creativity, culminated in an announcement of winners in December.

The Festival Commission praised the participants’ efforts and assured prompt delivery of prizes.

However, half a year later, the first-place winner and others still waiting for their reward.

Repeated attempts to contact the Festival Commission have yielded no response.

The delay has raised concerns about the transparency and efficiency of the Festival Commission’s processes.

The announced prizes are as follows:

First Place: $3,000.00 ECD
Second Place: $2,000.00 ECD
Third Place: $1,000.00 ECD

Participants for the Home category will receive a 100% waiver, while Businesses will receive a 50% waiver of their Electricity account for the month of December 2023. The Ministry Creative Industries takes this opportunity to congratulate all the winners and thank all the participants for their contributions and innovative presentations for the Christmas Home and Business Lighting Competition 2023.

The winners in each zone are as follows:

EAST ZONE: – Winner: Chatura Philip –

1st Runner Up: Marilyn Jones-Marsh –

2nd Runner Up: Chandy Lewis

WEST ZONE: – Winner: Gisel Isaac-Rayne

– 1st Runner Up: Alix-Xerone John

– 2nd Runner Up: Rawlins Andrew

NORTH ZONE: – Winner: Jean-Pierre Shoul

– 1st Runner Up: Inez Doreen White

– 2nd Runner Up: Verena Charles-Williams

SOUTH ZONE: – Winner: Vernelle Weste

 – 1st Runner Up: Roland Joseph

– 2nd Runner Up: Philmore Braithwaite

BUSINESS CATEGORY: – Winner: Shoul’s Toys, Gifts & Housewares

 – 1st Runner Up: Pigotts Mall

– 2nd Runner Up: Falmouth Harbour Marina

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