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UTS raffles SUV

If you can guess the number of condoms crammed into a new 2008 Ford Escape, you can be the owner of this brand new ride.
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The new vehicle is being raffled by United Telecommunications Services (UTS) in a “Chippie Cares” campaign that supports HIV/AIDS awareness. All proceeds from the campaign will be divided among the AIDS foundation on French St. Martin and the three AIDS foundations in the Windward Islands: St. Maarten Aids Foundation, Saba Aids Foundation and Statia Aids Foundation.

The vehicle is packed with Durex condoms; and the person who guesses the number of condoms will win the vehicle. Persons can text their answers to 6565. The raffle will be drawn on World Aids Day, December 1. If more than one person guesses the correct number, a raffle will be held among the winners to determine one winner. If no one has the correct answers, the person who comes the closest to the correct answer, without going over, will win. “Someone will definitely win,” said UTS official Christina Sprock. All the condoms will be destroyed at the end of the campaign.

The vehicle was unveiled in front of Chippie CafĂ© on Friday. The vehicle will be mounted on a container in UTS’ parking lot until it is officially handed over to a winner. The answer was handed over to Schaepman and Speetjens Civil Notary Henry Parisius in a sealed envelope in the presence of guests at the raffle launching ceremony late Friday. Parisius said the envelope will be secured in a vault.

Sprock thanked sponsors Caribbean Auto Sales and Manrique and Capriles for teaming up with Chippie for the initiative.

Representatives of the benefiting AIDS foundations said they were happy that a business took the initiative to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS Programme Manager Suzette Moses-Burton said the initiative is a milestone for the AIDS programme on St. Maarten. She said a multi-sector approach is needed for the AIDS programme to be successful on the island. She expressed hope that more businesses follow suit.

St. Maarten AIDS Foundation President Gerard van Osch said HIV/AIDS has moved from an underground disease to a visible one with good treatment available for persons living with the virus.

Staff and family members of UTS and Manrique and Capriles are not allowed to participate in the competition.
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