MoBay City Run provides $4-m in scholarships

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Organisers of the annual charity road race MoBay City Run have this year awarded scholarships valued at $4 million to 80 students of tertiary institutions in the second city, bringing its total education assistance from the event to date to $23.5 million.

The most recent cohort, who were awarded at a presentation event at S Hotel, brings to 2,000 the total number to have been awarded since the inception of the charity run six years ago.

During the recent event, cheques were provided to Montego Bay Community College valued at $800,000; The University of the West Indies, Mona, Western Campus, valued at $1.5 million; the University of Technology, Jamaica, Western Campus, valued at $700,000; and Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, valued at $700,000. A student from the western campus of Caribbean Maritime University was also a recipient.

In addition, Baywest Wellness Hospital made an award to a previously unsuccessful applicant, and has pledged to make it an annual doing.

Emerson Whittley, an organiser of the MoBay City Run, said close to 90 students applied for tuition assistance this year. Among the reasons he said they cited in the applications included the death of a family member, the loss of a home to fire and other traumatic experiences.

“It has been very hard on my parents,” said one recipient, Alianna Rhone, a fourth-year student at Montego Bay Community College, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in hospitality and tourism management.

“Seeing that I have been doing well since primary school [and] high school coming up, I believe that applying for that scholarship and getting through is a big reward to see that somebody recognises the good work that I have been doing over the past years. It takes off some of the burdens off my parents, so, it [scholarship] is really helpful and I am thankful that they have been doing that,” said Rhone.

MoBay City Run is the brainchild of Montego Bay-based journalist Janet Silvera, who recognised several years ago, that approximately one-quarter of students attending tertiary institutions in Montego Bay are unable to cover their fees in any given semester.

Whittley noted that the run is expected to raise $6 million from next year's staging of the fund-raiser and called for broader support of the event.

“The more we are able to give, the [faster] we will come out of this crisis that we are in, in terms of poverty [and] the social ills in Montego Bay, and we will see a better Montego Bay,” he argued.


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