ON THEIR WAY: Devonport real estate agent Anne Ackroyd (above left) and her assistant property manager, Annouka Barr, will be going to the morning taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show, in Sydney, on December 14, after Mrs Ackroyd won two tickets. Picture: Kelly Slater.WHEN Anne Ackroyd won two of the most hotly-contested tickets in Australia to attend the Oprah Winfrey Show when it’s taped in Sydney, she was one very happy woman.However her partner was underwhelmed.”That’s a chick thing”, he scoffed – which meant there were two happy women in Ms Ackroyd’s Devonport real estate office.Assistant property manager Annouka Barr was the lucky person gifted with the spare ticket to the morning taping session, on December 14, of the Oprah Winfrey Show at Sydney’s iconic Opera House – or the “Oprah House” – as it’s being dubbed on the day.Yesterday the two work colleagues buzzed with excitement, both huge Oprah fans, they were beside themselves in anticipation.Clutching the email confirmation of her tickets yesterday Ms Ackroyd was a little giddy and she admitted she simply couldn’t wait.”I’m getting very excited. It’s going to be great – I’m just excited to see her in person,” she said.”I’m an Oprah fan because of all the humanitarian projects she does worldwide, and she is just absolutely inspirational as a woman who came from a poor background and had to work her way up – to me she’s all about giving back. “Oprah doesn’t hang onto all her money for her own good, she’s a very generous woman with her money and her time, and I think she’s just awesome.”Ms Ackroyd said the women in her office decided they would all register for tickets.”We all checked our emails and everyone was saying ‘no’ they didn’t get any and oh, my gosh, I had two tickets out of the hundreds of thousands of people Australia wide who registered,” she said.Oprah Winfrey is due to arrive in Australia on Tuesday.Crews from Oprah’s production company, Harpo, have already been in the country for four weeks filming.”We’re going to Sydney on the Sunday, two days before the show, and we’re going straight to the Opera House to pick up our tickets and wrist bands.”Security will be strict for the event.”We’re not allowed to take oversized handbags or cameras. We can take a phone but it has to be switched off. We can’t take gifts or letters to give to Oprah. We’ve been told to wear bright colours because we will be on TV. “We will be outside but we’re not allowed to carry an umbrella in case it rains so we’re taking those glamorous plastic raincoat things,” Ms Ackroyd said.Anne and Annouka will speak to The Advocate right after the Oprah Show is taped and share what it was like to get up close to a woman, whose mammoth worldwide celebrity and immense wealth, has her highly ranked among the most powerful women in the world.
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