#MyHeart belongs to the 3 men in my life

For the month of February, IOL is inviting our readers to tell us who they love and why to stand a chance of winning amazing prizes in our #MyHeart competition.

Our next winner is Leontine Thomas, who submitted the following entry:

I have to commend the three men in my life, plus my son’s fiancee for their unselfish support for me. You see, I’m fifty years old and a full-time law student. I’m doing my fourth year of my law degree. It isn’t always easy, but I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have these guys behind me.

I was very fortunate to be a stay home mum. Once my sons were adults and my job as mum became redundant, I found that my skills in the employment sector was outdated. I became desperately despondent and decided to be a victor instead of the victim. I enquired with the University of the Western Cape about studying and possible age exemption. Unfortunately, this does not exist, but they do offer recognition of prior learning and I set off on the battery of tests to test my ability to and eligibility for studying. That was in 2015 – needless to say I was successful.

Before I applied I had to discuss this with my family, who thought I’m crazy but nonetheless proffered support. I have no regrets as I am qualified at the end of 2020. A journey that reduced me to tears on occasion, but the career prospects available makes it worthwhile.

My heart belongs to my guys – I owe you for every lunch, every textbook, every tank filled with petrol, every pen, every cent of the fees you guys provide. Least of all for being content with peanut butter sandwiches for dinner when I am too tired or too busy to cook.

I love you Gregory, Leighton, Darryn & Cayli – THANK YOU

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How to enter our #MyHeart competition:

Tell us who you love and why. The IOL team is passionate about news for the heart of South Africa and we want to hear about who holds your heart. Whether it’s the love of your life, your BFF, your cat, your mom, your boss or your second-removed cousin on your grandmother’s side, we want to know why you appreciate them so much.

If you are our pick for the best story of the day, you will win one of our amazing prizes and be entered into our grand prize draw sponsored by Protea Hotels by Marriott. 

Whether it’s an urban escape, going off the beaten track or a romantic seaside soiree you’re after, Protea Hotels by Marriott has just what you’re looking for. Visit  protea.marriott.com/valentines-day for some unbelievable couple’s experiences and imagine the possibilities this Valentine’s month.  

So send an email to iolcompetitions@inl.co.za telling us your #MyHeart story.

You can also DM us on Facebook or Twitter.

Or download our app on Android or IOS and use our MOJO feature to send us your entry.

TIP: The more words the better, and if you have pics and videos, you can send that too. 

The competition runs from February 1 to 28.

Winners will be notified by March 1.

Winners will be notified by email or phone, so please send us your contact details with your entry.

Competition Rules:

Selected story entries, pictures and videos will be published on iol.co.za and our social media pages. The winners’ names will be published on our website and social media pages.

Your privacy is important to us. When you enter a competition with us, we ask for your name, email address and mobile number. We use email addresses to notify winners to let them know they have won a prize. We use the mobile numbers provided in order to contact the winner and for prize delivery.

The competition is only open to people residing in South Africa.

Employees of Independent Media, the sponsors & their agents, or any company associated with the competition & their immediate families are not eligible to enter. • Prizes are not redeemable for cash. •  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. •  Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. • The entrant accepts that entry to the competition does not constitute a contract or any form of legal commitment between the entrant and IOL.

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