Demi Douman, 11, recently had an experience many of her peers can only dream about, when she had 60 seconds to sprint through a toy store and select whatever she wanted off the shelves.
“I did not believe it when my mother told me that I would be a participant in the Nickelodeon Toys R Us Toy Sprint, and thought she was joking. I was not even aware that she had entered me!” Demi said.
Her mother, Renata Noble, added that she and her sister saw a post on social media indicating that entries for the competition were open, and they both decided to enter Demi. “I was just as surprised as Demi when I heard she was one of the four Gauteng contestants,” she said.
Demi and her three co-contestants got together at the Toys R Us store in the Mall of Africa, where she explained, “We would only get 60 seconds to sprint through the store and get the items we want. Before we started, we were given a 60-second strategy sprint, where we ran (without the trolleys) through the store, and touched every item we wanted. After that, the actual sprint started, and I knew exactly where my first stop was going to be!”
She added that, except for one item, she managed to get everything she wanted, and said, “I think the trolley slowed me down a bit, and that is why I did not manage to get everything. But, I did manage to throw some goodies into my trolley for my siblings!”
But this is not where her adventure stops – Demi now stands a chance of winning a trip for four to Hong Kong, where she would get the opportunity to spend five minutes in a Hong Kong Toys R Us. “Can you imagine having five minutes in a Hong Kong toy store? And, even though I am a bit nervous to think that I might be the winner, I am also excited. It would meant the world to me if I won,” said Demi.
Voting lines are open from 8 to 31 August, and, the more votes Demi receives, the better her chances are of going to Hong Kong.
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