High num­bers for CB Group UWI 5K

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

IT’S TWO days be­fore the highly an­tic­i­pated CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K and the regis­tra­tion has reached an all-time high.

The in­creas­ing re­quests have forced the or­gan­is­ers to ex­tend the clos­ing date to ac­com­mo­date the reg­is­trants. From all in­di­ca­tions, the tar­get of $20 mil­lion should be at­tain­able, the race or­gan­is­ers said in a re­lease yes­ter­day.

“We have to be brave in our ef­forts to sup­port these stu­dents who are anx­ious to ob­tain a ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion de­spite their dire cir­cum­stances. They have fought all odds to make it this far, and it would be a trav­esty to have them not at­tain their de­grees be­cause of lack of funds,” said El­iz­a­beth Buchanan-Hind, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, In­sti­tu­tional Ad­vance­ment Divi­sion, the Univer­sity of the West Indies.

Ac­cord­ing to Buchanan-Hind, the univer­sity has been reap­ing the fruits of its labour with the schol­ar­ship pro­gramme, and many of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries have grad­u­ated with hon­ours in the med­i­cal field, law, and other vo­ca­tions.

Thalia Lyn, chair of the 5K event, pointed out that the con­tin­ued sup­port of cor­po­rate Ja­maica and other en­ti­ties is an in­di­ca­tion of their se­ri­ous in­tent to have an ed­u­cated pop­u­la­tion that will con­trib­ute to na­tional de­vel­op­ment. She was re­fer­ring to the five-year com­mit­ment by the CB Group as the ti­tle spon­sor and Young com­peti­tors at last year’s CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K.

other com­pa­nies that are on board such as the Na­tional Bak­ing

Com­pany, Sco­tia­bank, Port Author­ity, Smart Eggs, Euro­pean Union, Proven In­vest­ments, May­berry In­vest­ments, Vis­ual Vibes Lim­ited, Rain­for­est Seafoods, Euro­pean Union, RJR Group of Com­pa­nies, Supreme Ven­tures, The Gleaner Com­pany (Me­dia), Newstalk, Is­land Grill, Sun Bloc Awnings and Tents, Power 106, The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel, Ja­maica Pro­duc­ers, Dun­lop Corbin, Newstalk, It’s Pixel Per­fect, and Run­ning Events.

The an­nual fundraiser, which is again un­der the pro­fes­sional di­rec­tion of Al­fred Fran­cis of Run­ning Events Ja­maica, last year at­tracted over 4,000 par­tic­i­pants, and the or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to in­crease this num­ber to 5,000 on Sun­day.

Jaguars cap­tain Leon John­son.


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