Father of two finds creative ways to master back to school preparation
Demetrius Thompson with son Demetrius Jr and Michelle Cunningham, Junior Brand Manager for Malta & Stouts.
With books and uniforms to purchase, school fees to be paid and a host of other necessities to consider, parents come under a whole lot of pressure this time of year. For Demetrius Thompson, a security guard, father of two boys and sole breadwinner of the family, his reality is no different.
What set him apart, however, are the innovative ways in which he has created multiple streams of income to meet the demands of the new school term.
“A security guard’s salary is good but it is not enough to cover the needs of my family. So I have to be creative when it comes to earning. I throw a pardner and collect my share of money close to September, a method I started a few years ago. This lasts for about 10 months, I would usually collect around $120,000 to $150,000. I use my free time to promote parties within the surrounding communities and with the help of my girlfriend, we sometimes sell toys in Morant Bay during holiday seasons to ensure that we have enough,” said Thompson.
In addition to his income streams, fortune smiled on the St Thomas resident this year when he was selected as a weekly winner in the ‘Malta Back 2 School Promotion’ and collected a cash prize of $25,000. Thompson bought a 6-pack of Malta and submitted proof of purchase in the competition's WhatsApp group.
While expressing excitement at his stroke of luck, Thompson said he will invest his winnings in his future ability to provide for his family when he enrolls in the Caribbean Maritime University in September to study for a degree in Security Administration and Management.
“I have been a security for 12 years and will be going to university in September to enhance my skills and learn more about the industry. I want my sons to look up to me and realize that there are no limits. I want them to know that school is important and that anything you want is achievable if you put in the effort,” he said.
His 12-year-old son Demetrius Jr. recently sat the PEP Examinations and won a place at Morant Bay High. When asked what he is looking forward to the most at his new school, young Thompson said: “I am most interested in meeting new people and making my father proud. I want to one day go to university just as my dad is about to do,” he declared.
“We live for this kind of thing,” said Michelle Cunningham, Junior Brand Manager for Malta & Stouts. “When we are able to support families in this way, to invest in the future of our people, there is no better way to give back.”
Cunningham pointed to the fact that the promotion reaches 13 winners each week with cash and other prizes.
“Our goal is to help take some of the pressure off of families this back to school period. We’ve been doing this every summer since 2017 and we’ve always had very positive feedback from consumers. This year it’s even easier to enter by submitting via our WhatsApp group by going to www.maltajamaica.com”.
Among the prizes in the Malta ‘Back 2 School’ Promotion are laptops and tablets. Two tertiary students also have a chance of winning a $500,000 grand prize for tuition support.