Pride and joy - MoBay City Run
Noting that there is no substitute for a good education, student beneficiaries of the annual MoBay City Run are hailing the charity event as a classic definition of "what is right with Jamaica."
"I must confess that I had some apprehensions when I was first told about a charity that offers scholarships for students in need," explained Trixton Lamey, a finance student at the University of the West Indies who benefited from the programme.
"I was holding my own the first couple of years before I could go no further and needed some financial assistance. It was then I remembered that the MoBay City Run was offering scholarships, and so, I applied," said Lamey.
Medical student Michael Campbell said he had reached a point in his studies where he wasn't sure where he would find money to continue.
"I was the happiest of persons when I found out that the organising committee of the MoBay City Run had approved my application," he told the cheering audience of the recent launch of the event's 2018 edition at the Holiday Inn.
"I actually was supposed to be in Falmouth for classes at this very minute, but I couldn't miss being here after what the MoBay City Run has done for me."
Campbell is urging companies across the western region to lend their support to the MoBay City Run, describing it as one of the best things that 'is happening for education'.
The MoBay City Run, to be held on May 6 and now in its fifth year, has, in only four years, disbursed over $15 million in scholarships to students attending tertiary institutions and also to a number of early childhood schools.
For the first time, a high school Mount Alvernia will be among the beneficiaries.
Glendon Lowe, representing platinum sponsors Unicomer Jamaica (trading as Courts), said testimonials from those who have benefited from the run are the primary reasons why the organisation has gone all in with the charity event.
"The organisers should take a bow for what they have managed to put together over the past four years," he pointed out.
Yoko Martinez, representing JetBlue Airlines, agreed. "Listening to those youngsters expressing their appreciation for the support they have received really speaks volumes," she noted. "These are the kind of initiatives that JetBlue is proud to support."