This year, the Win a Ride Home in Style competition was launched. Matrix subscribers entered by downloading the Matrix Smartphone App and by telling us about their experience after using the app, could win one of four grand prizes.
The first winner was Jan and Lee-Ann Kruger. Together with their two children, the Kruger family enjoyed a luxury limo ride from White River, Mpumalanga to their hometown in Nelspruit.
In November, Dominique Tricerri won a ride home in a beautiful red Ferrari Spider. When Dominique received the exciting news, she immediately contacted Matrix with a very special request to give her prize to her best friend Lilliana Marucchi, also known as Lilli. “When I think of Lilli, I think of two things – Ferrari and cats. So the moment I heard that I had won a ride in a Ferrari, Lilli immediately came to mind. She has gone through an extremely tough time lately and this will be the perfect ‘pick me up’ for her. She works incredibly long hours, even with an illness, and she deserves every single treat she can get,” explained Dominique.
Lilli, an avid car enthusiast, had inherited her father’s passion for Ferrari and she met her future husband-to-be, Greg Marucchi, during a race day at Killarney Race Track in Cape Town. Two years ago, a few weeks before Lilli was to graduate as a General Practitioner, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Lilli immediately began an aggressive series of treatments, but it was her fighting spirit and determination that resulted in Lilli recently announcing that she was in remission. She will complete her internship at Thembisa hospital later this month.
When Dominique told the Matrix team about Lilli’s story, we agreed to plan a very special surprise for Lilli. On the 5th of December, Lilli was treated to a ride in a red Ferrari Spider from Bedfordview to the Four Seasons in Westcliff, where the roar of the engine could be heard for kilometers. Lilli expressed her gratitude to Matrix and her very close friend for such a memorable experience. Matrix is proud to be part of this wonderful gift of kindness and love.