Photos: Malta gives back-to-school prizes
Eight winners of the Malta Back-To-School summer promotion were presented with their prizes at the Spanish Town Road office of the company on Thursday.
They were part of a larger group of winners who struck it lucky in the first drawing of this year's staging, the second time the promotion will be taking place. It will have weekly drawings until the completion on October 5.
The competition started August 6 with varied prizes geared towards back-to-school preparation, and some of those handed out on Thursday included laptops, tablets, $15,000 worth of book vouchers and tuition fees.
Weekly prizes will be $15,000 cash and $15,000 book vouchers from Kingston Bookshop, with five winners of laptops, 10 winners of tablets and a tertiary education prize from JMMB. The prizes for each week will be placed on Malta's website.
The promotion involves the purchase of a six-pack of Malta at any supermarket island-wide, before visiting the Malta website page to enter.
According to Malta's Assistant Brand Manager, Ellisse Campbell, the company is trying to soften the burden on the public with the back-to-school prizes.
Campbell revealed: "The reason why we are doing it is because Malta is a family brand first. We wanted to also make sure that this is an opportunity to give back to persons. We know that this period is a very challenging time right now and we wanted persons to be able to go back to school."
Venekia Thompson, a third-year accounting and operation management student at the University of the West Indies Western Campus in Montego Bay, won $50,000, which she says will go towards her tuition.
Thompson said: "I saw the promotion on Facebook and always enter giveaways. I feel good about winning. It will really help out with school in the next two weeks."
Malta summer promotion
Barbara Lovelace, who bought her six-pack at Brooklyn Hope Road and won $15,000 - which she will use to purchase books for her Fifth Form son at Papine High School – said: "I feel good, it is the first time I have been able to win something."
For Andre Taylor, whose mother purchased three six-packs at Hi-Lo Spanish Town for her three children, he was three times lucky. According to Taylor, his other siblings declined the option and gave him their entries - which he used and won.
Taylor, a second-year food service management student at the University of Technology, said: "I feel ecstatic. First time I am winning something like this."