Thousands turn out in support of UWI Scholarship programme

Thousands turn out in support of UWI Scholarship programme

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Thousands of Jamaicans from diverse social backgrounds gathered at the UWI Mona Campus Sunday morning to “Run for Dreams”, as the CB Group/UWI Scholarship 5K Run is tagged.

This was the seventh renewal of the event which seeks to fund scholarships for financially challenged and deserving students.

With a blast of red confetti and a vibrant shout, the event got under way with participation in three principal categories — 5K Run, 5K Walk, Wheelchair and the Smart Eggs 1K for minors.

Garfield Gordon, representing G C Foster College, took top honours in the men's overall, in a time of 15.01 minutes. He was followed by two UTech representatives — Shane Buchanan and Thaleetio Green — clocking 15.46 and 16.05 minutes, respectively.

The women's open run went to another G C Foster representative, Kellyanne Beckford, in 19.25, with Arita Martin of Rainforest Seafood (20.26) ahead of G C Foster's Chrisanni May.

The walkers were led by Duwell Allen, of NCU, ahead of Lenworth Hunter and O'Shea Morgan. The women were paced by Abnakay Swaby in first, followed by Carlene Blagrove and Latoya Walker.

The Smart Eggs Kids 1K saw Brandon Davis and Aneita Martin Gutzmer take top honours, while Paralympians Navardo Griffiths and Sylvia Grant topped the Wheelchair section. G C Foster were named top overall team.

UWI principal, Professor Dale Webber thanked all the participants, patrons and sponsors for making the event a success, and spoke to the importance of partnerships in sustaining and advancing the programmes of the university.

The presentation ceremony saw special citations being presented to Olympic champion hurdler Omar McLeod and to the Jamaican women's football team — the Reggae Girlz — in the company of their Assistant Coach Andrew Price, the latter making history as the first Caribbean team to qualify for the Fifa Women's World Cup, which takes place in France next year.

Chaired by UWI Law graduate and Valedictorian Miss Kitty, the lively after-race segment saw a typically rousing performance from guest artiste, Chi Ching Ching, amidst a number of other activities.

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