AN AUSTRALIAN couple who spent their life savings building a resort on an idyllic Pacific island is giving their tropical oasis away — through a raffle.
Doug and Sally Beitz moved their young family from the Gold Coast to the Micronesian island of Kosrae in 1994 and have spent the past two decades developing a lucrative waterfront resort and scuba diving business there.
Now wanting to return to Australia to become “professional grandparents” to their young granddaughter, the Beitz plan to hand over their island empire to the lucky winner of a $US49 ($AU66) raffle ticket. The prize includes the Beitz family’s 16-room, fully staffed Kosrae Nautilus Resort.
“We have done so much research into this and we can’t find any evidence of something like this being done before,” Doug Beitz told news.com.au from Kosrae.
“We look at ourselves as everyday people — we weren’t highly educated people when we came here, just average, basic people — and we think, with the raffle, we can hopefully leave the island in the hands of someone who’s not a millionaire, but in the hands of someone who’s just like us.”
Hopefuls from more than 100 countries have already snatched up an undisclosed number of tickets in the raffle, which will be drawn on July 26.