Flow MoBay City Run raises $3 million for tertiary education
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The organising committee of the Flow MoBay City Run presented a symbolic cheque valuing $3 million to four tertiary institutions at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay last week.
The recipients were the University of the West Indies Western Jamaica Campus (UWI WJC), Montego Bay Community College, UTECH Western Jamaica and Sam Sharpe Teachers' College.
Of that amount, 250,000 will go towards a two-year scholarship to an undergraduate student studying marketing, courtesy of Wisynco's Bigga brand.
The student will be declared a brand ambassador, Wisynco's Vivia Newman told the gathering, adding that the individual will help the company highlight the importance of staying in school while pursuing a career goal.
The remaining $2.75 million, raised at the inaugural run staged on May 18 at the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay, will be disbursed to needy students as early as August 15.
"Forms will be available at all participating institutions by July 10, and the deadline for receiving applications will be July 30, 2014. Applicants will receive a confirmation on their award by August 15," said Janet Silvera, chairman of the organising committee.
The announcement has been well received by the various heads of the institutions, with spokesperson Dr Luz Longsworth describing the funding as one that will make a huge difference "to many of our students in our institutions".
"It is a sign of hope for the future of tertiary level education in western Jamaica", said the UWI WJC director.
She credited the success of the event to the overwhelming support by the community, who opened their hearts and their wallets as an investment into the future of the country's youths.
"This cause shows how much we really care about our young people," she stated.
Based on the distribution method that could be implemented, the funds will benefit scores of students this year.
The organisers have named Isiaa Madden-Browne chairman of the scholarship committee, which will also include Nicole Allen and Carol Dunbar and a representative from each institution.