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Golden farewell gift for son with heart of gold

Expatriate wins raffle bounty a day before leaving the UAE to care for sick mother

  • By Janice Ponce de Leon, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:59 January 22, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf News
  • 47 year old John D costa, an Indian shows a quarter kilo gold coin won in a Dubai Gold and jewellery Group raffle draw in Dubai.

Dubai: A day before he was about to leave the UAE permanently to take care of his ailing mother, Indian expatriate John D’costa received the best farewell gift ever — a quarter kilogram of 22-carat gold.

D’costa, 47, who worked as a supervisor in a Dubai company, was declared the winner of the January 21 Gold Mega Raffle held as part of the 18th Dubai Shopping Festival by the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group. He won the raffle a day before his scheduled departure to India after working in Dubai for 24 years.

“When I got the call saying I won a quarter kilo gold, in my head I thought someone was playing a joke on me. I really couldn’t believe it because I only bought the gold that day,” D’costa, who worked as a school driver for nine years before becoming a supervisor, told Gulf News.

D’costa bought two bangles and a chain for his wife, and another chain for his son that entitled him to the raffle draw. He said he did not expect to win in the raffle but his impulsive decision to buy the jewellery in Bur Dubai as opposed to buying it from his favourite shop in Al Quoz might have been the lucky factor.

“I’m so happy. This is the first time in my life that I’ve won something. Thank you God, thank you God,” D’costa kept saying during the interview with Gulf News.

“For more than five years, I and my colleagues have been trying our luck at the airport raffle. So each of us would contribute Dh100 to make Dh1,000, but we’ve never won, not even once,” he added.

D’costa said the gold prize came as a pleasant surprise at a time when he’s facing so many problems back home. He gave up his job in Dubai to be able to be with his 76-year-old mother and attend to her needs. “Half of her body is paralysed after suffering a stroke three years ago. But now she’s become very weak, so we need to take her to a hospital in Karwar, which is about 200 kilometres from Goa, so she can be treated there,” D’costa said.

“No one else is there to help. It’s only my wife and my brother’s wife who are there. So because of that, I resigned to be able to help take care of her,” he added.

D’costa said the gold prize would be a big help for him and significantly add to the funds he is taking home for his mother’s treatment and also to start life afresh in Goa.

When asked what he plans to do with his winnings, the selfless son said: “I haven’t planned on anything yet. But this gold must be for her [his mother]. It’ only because of her that I decided to go home for good, so maybe God has given this to me so I can use for her.”

Comments (14)

  1. Added 18:03 January 23, 2013

    Well done mate! You are clearly are hardworking, dedicated, selfless person who deserves a break. Good on you! It is always good to read stories such as these for a change. More importantly, I wish for your mother a speedy recovery and best of health and happiness for your entire family.

    Geoff, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:43 January 23, 2013

    God bless you my brother! Allah rewards those with noble causes. Our prayers to Allah with you for her recovery and blessings.

    seddiqi, deria, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:58 January 23, 2013

    God bless you and your family, you are resigned your job for precious job in the world, thats why God has given you the best farewell.

    ravi, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:34 January 23, 2013

    Defnately this is due to your mothers prayers. No doubt in it. God bless you and your family and dedicate your valuabe time with family

    Zulfikar, Ajman, India

  5. Added 15:24 January 23, 2013

    God bless you dear for the efforts you are taking for your mom and the almighty has rewarded you well for your good intention because not all get this previlege

    johnson, burdubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:16 January 23, 2013

    Indeed, God is great. Thanks for the testimony. God gives to the deserved and to be a blessing for people around. God is good all the time.

    Lijo Mathew, Regensburg, Germany

  7. Added 12:57 January 23, 2013

    John may god bless you. In this advance world who think's about their Mother's who gave them birth and life in this world.a person think's Only about his wife or children. But you thought about your mother. It's great. Go ahead may the lord bless you with more than what you have expected.

    ROBIN DSOUZA, DUBAI., United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:58 January 23, 2013

    Serving your mother is like serving God. Wish her speedy recovery. Our God is a God of miracles, he can do mighty works. God blesses those who are a blessing to others.

    Sabina, Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:35 January 23, 2013

    God knows our needs more than we know them ourselves. May God use you more for his glory. Thank you for your testimony. Best wishes.

    Thomas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:20 January 23, 2013

    Congratulations John! Yes, God has plans for each of us and your winning is proof of that. Besides, your selfless act of resigning your job to take care of your ailing mother will give her added strength when needed most. You have our prayers for your mother's quick recovery and may God shower his choicest blessings to you and your family. All the very best.

    Melwyn Rodrigues, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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