SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Mom and son, Marinka Gumbs and Christopher Rogers, were over the moon Thursday when a TelTV crew made a personal call at her Betty’s Estate home to announce that mom was the winner of the TelTV all-expenses paid trip to New York.
The Senior Consultant at GrantThornton, was caught completely by surprise thanks to some behind-the-scenes plotting by the TelTV crew and Marinka’s own mum - who kept the secret right to the moment of announcement.
Markina subscribed as a new customer to TelTV during the special introductory offer in July and like scores of others was entered into a raffle contest, not giving a second thought to the raffle prize that was part of the promotion.
The new subscriber said she was attracted by the Triple Play offer which added TV to landline and mobile services she already had with TelEm Group.
“It made good sense to have everything in one package and it was also an offer that was too good to miss,” continued Marinka.
“Thank you TelEm and TelTV,” said a grateful Marinka after catching her breath and after being presented with the ticket for the trip from KK Travel’s Managing Director, Krisha Khemchandani.
“Congratulations to you both. I am very happy to see how pleased you are with your prize, and that KK Travel and TelTV together can bring you some joy and we hope, a fantastic vacation break, “said Krisha, recognizing that the raffle win could not have come at a better time for mom and son.
The TELTV top prize winner said she had resigned herself to a “Staycation” holiday with the family and son Christopher, because the resources were just not there to take a trip New York as she had hoped.
“Now I can take the trip with Christopher. It’s really a dream come true,” said Marinka.
The prize presentation was made Thursday by TelTV representatives, Cheryl Rismay and Naeem Dupersoy, both of whom also congratulated the lucky winners.
“It ended up being a happy end to this promotion with a well-deserved winner,” said Cheryl.
She said it was a joy to see the expression of surprise and joy on Marinka’s face when she opened the door and saw the TelTV crew waiting outside with the good news.
Meantime TelEm Group says subscribers to TelTV are continuing to grow as more and more homes and commercial properties throughout the island are completing restoration and repairs.
“We recently transformed an area in the main building lobby into a “Home theatre” so that customers and families could come and experience what viewing of TelTV would be like in their home. This attracted a lot of interest and many new subscribers in the process,” said Sales & Marketing Officer, Cheryl.
Cheryl says the promotion far surpassed sales targets by the time it closed.
“It is very exciting news for us and leaves us encouraged by this clear indication that our subscribers are putting their trust in us to deliver this new TV service to them. We are proud and grateful for that trust,” said Cheryl.
The Sales & Marketing Officer said TelTV promotions will continue throughout the year and urged customers to look out for them and to take advantage when these offers and promotions pop up again.