MAY PEN, Clarendon - The Clarendon Peace and Justice Centre (CPJC) and the Clarendon Crime Prevention Committee will be staging the parish's first pushcart derby in the capital town next Sunday, October 28.
CPJC head Dr Walter Leavell said the derby, set to begin at 10:00 am, is aimed at, among other things, "educating pushcart drivers on road safety" while "helping to build their self esteem".
"Prior to the race the Superintendent of Police will be talking to them about road safety because they really don't pay much attention that," Leavell said.
"It is aimed at giving them some kind of recognition," he added, "just to let them know that they are indeed an important part of the society. This this initiative is also in keeping with our Jamaica 50 celebration and the drive to reduce crime and violence in parish."
The derby, dubbed 'Push the Race', will begin at the entry of the Oliver Gardens community in Sevens Road, May Pen, and end at the May Pen Post Office. Five races will be done on the day, with the first three being reserved for males in selected age groups, while the fourth will be an all-female encounter. The final race will be contested by the winners of the previous four.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the first four races, while only the first-place finisher in the winners' race will be given cash incentive.
Participants must be 18 years and older, while pushcarts will be put through a safety inspection prior to the race.
A concert on the grounds of the old May Pen Police Station on Main Street will bring the day's proceedings to a close.
Registration forms for the derby can be obtained at the offices of the Social Development Commission (SDC), the Parish Development Commission and the CPJC in May Pen.
The event is being sponsored by Rum Bar Rum, Johnson's and Witter and Sons Funeral Home, Custos of Clarendon Williams Shagoury, the Clarendon Parish Council and the SDC, while the National Youth Service and the May Pen Police Youth Club will be providing volunteers.