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MoBay City Run Scholarship presentation

Published:Friday | October 2, 2015 | 10:00 AM
FLOW Director of Corporate Communications Gail Sommerville-Abrahams chats with acting director at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Western Jamaica Campus, Patrick Prendergast during the MoBay City Run Scholarship presentation last Thursday at Riu Montego Bay.
From left: UTech Western Campus Coordinator Dr Joseph Grannum converses with Goodard Catering Group’s operations manager Craig Forbes and executive chef Daniel Schweizer.
Riu Montego Bay’s director of sales Angella Bennett (left) and Half Moon Commissary’s Melissa Chang in a jovial mood.
From left: Scholarship recipient, Wendy Lawson-Stephens share lens time with Cover Me Up Tents’ Tamara and Conrad Allen, sponsors of MoBay City Run, during the charity’s scholarship presentation last Thursday.
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JetBlue Airlines, Sandals Resorts International, Riu Resorts, Goddard Catering, Cover Me Up Tents and Medical Response are among the sponsors already committed to the 2016 staging of the MoBay City Run 2016.

The event, which is set for Sunday, May 1, raises funds for needy students attending four tertiary institutions in western Jamaica.

Having made over $3 million earlier this year, the premier 10K/5K run organisers handed over more than a third of its profits to 100 students in western Jamaica last Thursday during a scholarship presentation at Riu Montego Bay.

The funds will assist students enrolled at the University of the West Indies Western Jamaica Campus, UTECH Western Campus, Sam Sharpe Teachers College, and Montego Bay Community College, and one physically challenged student at the Northern Caribbean University.

The run's commitment to education has been commended by JetBlue's country manager, Leslie Brown, who said it was clear that the company's purpose in Jamaica was not merely to contribute towards the enhancement of its tourism product, but also to improve the lives of the citizenry.

Societal development

"As an organisation, our aim is not just to contribute to the development of tourism, but our aim is to contribute to the development of the whole society," said Brown.

According to Brown, the fun and education traits of Mobay City Run overlaps with five of the airline's core values.

"There is no doubt that an activity like this, apart from its health value, also had a fun involvement as well," said Brown. He added that as an organisation that contributes to the educational value or educational upliftment of its citizens, it is, indeed, demonstrating the epitome of caring, and that's another value that JetBlue has.