Contributions pour in for TJB's Penn Relays operations

Contributions pour in for TJB's Penn Relays operations

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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David 'Squeeze' Annakie with his power brands, Linkup Media, 993.5 FM WVIP and BioLife Energy Systems, provided a much needed boost to Team Jamaica Bickle with an US$11,000 cheque donation to help in its drive to fund its Penn Relays 2012 operations at the organisation's annual reception and awards held last week in Manhattan.

TJB's big push for 2012 is to raise upwards of US$60,000 to help defray accommodation costs for the athletes, reducing the per night rate per student to US$50 from the prevailing US$110 per night, more than a 50 per cent reduction.

"This benefit to our athletes is a tribute to Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago as both nations mark 50 years of political independence from Great Britain," said Lance Clarke, Chief Financial Officer at Team Jamaica Bickle. "The support that we have been getting from the business community is heartening as we push harder to reach that goal. Our hospitality has expanded to other Caribbean nations, (outside of Jamaica) to include Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada and The Bahamas. Our big Caribbean tent requires a big Caribbean effort. I believe we will get there!"

Annakie has been at the helm of LinkUp Media for close to 10 years, keeping the Diaspora connected to the homeland. A successful media platform has allowed the Linkup Brand to diversify its portfolio, and most recently, introduced the Bio-life brand -- a homeopathic and nutrition supplement line to the marketplace with much success.

TJB has relied on its usual benefactors over the years, Caribbean Food Delights (CFD)/ Royal Caribbean Bakery and Tower Isle, as well as other sponsors such as GraceKennedy, Western Union and more recently LIME.

Long-time partner, Vincent HoSang of CFD, used the opportunity to outline the nuts and bolts of setting up a fully functional kitchen at Penn; from plumbing installations to complying with health department standards, to logistically cooking and serving approximately 3,000 meals per day. This coupled with the transportation and accommodation costs has pushed the operating budget for this year close to US$150,000. Bickle has ordered a bigger tent to accommodate the growth in numbers this year.

It is that kind of need that has pushed constant supporter Tower Isle to come forward with a US$10,000 donation. "We need a few more of those," said Clarke. Team Jamaica Bickle is a 501 © (3) organisation, in which all contributions are tax-deductible.

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