A Portadown woman has scored the trip of a lifetime, after winning a company competition to watch the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Teresa Robinson, who has worked in Moy Park for 26 years, will be jetting off to South America on Sunday, accompanied by husband Martin.
Martin, a member of Manchester United Craigavon Supporters’ Club, has also worked for Moy Park for 26 years and describes the trip as a “dream come true”.
Said Teresa, who works in the factory shop, “I am really excited. I don’t normally have that kind of luck.”
The competition, to watch England play Costa Rica, was open to Moy Park’s 12,000 employees across Northern Ireland, England and Europe.
The couple, who live in The Beeches and met in Moy Park, will receive VIP treatment courtesy of the company, which is sponsoring the World Cup.
Said Teresa, “They have a full itinerary planned for us. On Monday, we are having a Brazilian cookery lesson, followed by a four-course meal, and then cocktail-making lessons, followed by cocktails.”
Tuesday is match day, when the couple will watch the game from the comforts of a corporate box. Afterwards, they will be treated to a ‘walk on the pitch experience’ and a guided tour, rounded off with a four-course meal.
On the final day, Wednesday, Teresa and Martin are being given free rein to do whatever they want, with shopping definitely on the cards for Teresa. “Apparently there’s a lovely market nearby,” she said.
The couple’s children Emma (23) and Conor (17) are delighted for them, as are their work colleagues and friends. “They say their are very happy for us, and jealous, but in a nice way!” she added.
The pair will fly from Belfast to Heathrow and from there to the city of Belo Horizonte, where they will be staying in the luxurious Alfonso Pena hotel.
And because the couple are both employees, the days off will not be deducted from their annual leave.