Shell brings commuter driver's dream of owning taxi to life

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Samuel Kasigala, a coaster driver from Jinja, has been in disbelief as his long-held dream of starting his own commercial transportation business materilise as he became the first winner of the Toyota Hiace van in the Shell Club promotion.

KAMPALA | A commuter driver in Jinja is floating in emotional bliss after nailing a Toyota Hiace van, popularly known as Drones, in the final round of petroleum giant Shell's promotion.

Samuel Kasigala, a coaster driver from Jinja, has been in disbelief as his long-held dream of starting his own commercial transportation business materilise as he became the first winner of the Toyota Hiace van in the Shell Club promotion.

"He can now realise this aspiration and earn a living by driving his own vehicle," said Johan Grobbelaar, managing director of Vivo Energy Uganda

On Tuesday, Vivo Energy Uganda, distributor and marketer of Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, closed the months-long promotion dubbed, Shell Club ‘Join & Win’, with an awards bonanza as Kenneth Kabale drove home in a drone, and Herman Mukiibi and Amiisi Kamulali rode their dreams on boda boda.

Vivo Energy operates and markets its products in countries across North, West, East and Southern Africa. The Group has a network of over 2,700 service stations in 23 countries operating under the Shell and Engen brands and exports lubricants to a number of other African countries.

Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops, restaurants and other non-fuel services.

Grobbelaar congratulates Kabale, who drove home in a brand new Drone on Friday.

Amidst cheer and pomp from their loved ones and well-wishers, two lucky Shell Club customers received brand new motorcycles, joining Kisagala in the company’s loyalty reward promotion.

"Today marks not just the end of a promotion, but the celebration of a community bound by loyalty and shared success," Grobbelaar said.

"Our Shell Club 'Join and Win' promotion isn't just about prizes; it's about recognising and rewarding the unwavering support of our valued customers. Through their trust in Shell, they've fueled not just their vehicles, but also their dreams."

Since its launch last October, the Shell Club ‘Join and Win’ promotion has celebrated and rewarded active Shell customers, offering them a chance to win premium prizes.

These included two Toyota Hiace vans and seven brand-new motorcycles and instant rewards, such as shopping vouchers branded t-shirts and assorted items that were also distributed during special "happy hour" activations held at Shell service stations countrywide.

Grobbelaar expressed his delight at the positive impact the promotion has had on the lives of the winners, saying it emphasised the core objective of giving back to Shell customers through the rewarding of brand-new motorcycles, cars, and instant rewards.

Mukiibi and Kamulali show off their motorcycle dreams.

The final three winners were selected during a televised draw on February 5 and were presented with their prizes at Shell Banda service station on Friday.

Grobbelaar urged the winners and the public to continue to use the Shell Club loyalty platform to earn more points and become ambassadors of the company’s commitment to providing the best fuel and products on the market.

Kenneth Kable, a taxi driver from Iganga, described the van as a "miracle" that will significantly contribute to his financial well-being.

“I received a mysterious call one evening, informing me that I was the proud winner of this van," Kabale said.

"Of course, I responded by asking more questions and even grilling the callers thinking that they were conmen. It was after realizing the familiar voice of the presenter Betty Bruno from Bukedde TV, who assured me that the promotion was real and indeed the car belonged to me, that I agreed. Now here I am,” added an excited Kabale.

Hellen Bwengye, the head of marketing at Vivo Energy Uganda, expressed gratitude to all Shell customers for their unwavering support and participation in the Shell Club loyalty program.

“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to each and every Shell customer who has been a part of this journey," she said.

"Your unwavering support and participation in our loyalty program have been truly inspiring. Let's continue to fuel our journeys together and accumulate even more rewards in the future. Thank you for choosing Shell, and here's to many more exciting adventures ahead."

Sheila Awori, the brand manager, loyalty and payments at Vivo Energy Uganda, highlighted the programme's success rate and praised customers for their enthusiastic participation, exceeding expectations since its launch in October.

Awori further emphasized that the Shell Club Loyalty Programme has transformed the customer experience at Shell service stations, turning each visit into an opportunity for rewards.

"I take pride in witnessing the impact that the Shell Club has had on the lives of our customers. I also express gratitude to all the customers who participated and signed up for the Shell Club,"Awori, who said the performance had exceeded their expectations, added.

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