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Grange announces four days of celebration for Reggae Girlz

Monday, December 10, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced a schedule of activities to honour the Reggae Girlz' historic qualification to the FIFA Women's World Cup finals.

The four days of activities will begin on Saturday, December 15 with a motorcade, the minister informed in a release this afternoon.

The Reggae Girlz, the first Caribbean team to qualify for the showpiece event, were on Saturday drawn in Group C alongside number six-ranked Australia, number 10-ranked Brazil, and Italy, ranked at number 16, making a return to the competition for the first time since 1999.

“I want them to feel very special,” said Grange, noting that the motorcade will go through the Corporate Area.

“It will go into St Catherine. One of the stops will be GC Foster (College of Physical Education and Sport). Two of the girls are from Arnett Gardens, so we're going to do something there. And we want to take them to western Jamaica.”

Grange said it was “important that the girls are given a hero's welcome and shown appreciation for their outstanding achievement” of qualifying for the World Cup Finals to be held in France in 2019. “We want to ensure that as many Jamaicans see them and we're asking all Jamaicans to join us in celebrating with them. We want to make sure that they go to France ready to tek it to dem”.

The celebratory activities include a major praise, worship and thanksgiving concert at Emancipation Park on Sunday, December 16 featuring some of the biggest names in local gospel music including Kevin Downswell, Kukudoo, Sista Pat and Wayne Marshall.

The Reggae Girlz will also be feted at a special reception hosted by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.


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