While his mates are playing video games, riding bikes or chasing girls, Dillon East is mowing lawns, scooping pools and weeding gardens.
An 11-year-old with a solid work ethic and a clear goal, Dillon does odd jobs and yard-work for half his Horsley neighbourhood with one thing in mind: getting a new iPad.
Dillon has spent the last few years saving his pocket money to buy himself a tablet, so when he won a brand new iPad as part of the Illawarra Mercury’s subscription competition on i98FM’s Marty and Bianca breakfast show yesterday, he was ecstatic to say the least.
‘‘I’m really excited, I’ve only just opened up the box,’’ he said.
Dillon was one of five winners of a year’s subscription to the Mercury’s new digital edition, given away this week on i98 through the ‘‘Hoax or Headline’’ quiz. After answering correctly, Dillon was entered into the main prize draw for the iPad, and yesterday morning was announced as the winner.
His mum, Nicolette, said he mows lawns despite his hayfever, doesn’t waste his money, and even has his own bank account set up to hold the money he gets from doing jobs for neighbours, nan and pop, and family friends.
‘‘He just went around knocking on doors, asking people if he could do some jobs for them,’’ she said.
‘‘He wants to be rich when he’s older,’’ said younger sister Phoebe.
He might have his iPad, but don’t expect Dillon to go out and waste the money he saved. He said he will keep his jobs, keep saving, and start looking at buying a car – despite having more than four years before he can legally get a licence.
‘‘I’m keeping my jobs until I get a real job,’’ he said.
‘‘I don’t want comics or video games, I’d rather save for something good.’’