CB Group UWI 5K targets $15m
Institution wants money to fund scholarships, dialysis unit
KINGSTON:The University of the West Indies (UWI) will be seeking to double the number of entrants and raise 15 million dollars from its third annual CB Group UWI 5K Run/Walk tomorrow at Mona Bowl, UWI, starting at 7 a.m.
The event is staged in an effort to ease the financial burden on students by providing support in the form of scholarships. To date, the run is responsible for more than 50 scholarships and will this year move to use part of the proceeds to purchase a peritoneal dialysis cycler for the University Hospital of the West Indies' dialysis unit.
Families will participate in the event that is tailored for all generations, with the first official running of the Smart Egg Kids K.
The Kids K is specially designed for children 11 and under and is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. following the 5K, to ensure parents and friends can join in cheering on the younger generation as they race the circumference of the combination of fields at the Bowl.
That kiddies' event will make history as it will be run under the management of Running Events Limited, who will be utilising the My Laps Bib Tag chip system to officially time the youngsters for the first time.
The Smart Egg Kids K was added to the 5K to encourage children to practise healthy lifestyles from an early age, as this could prevent complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Olympians Warren Weir and Hansle Parchment, two of the event's official patrons, will usher the youngsters around the course.
This year's edition is being held under the patronage of Douglas Orane and Howard Mitchell, and will also honour race director Alfred 'Frano' Francis, who has led the advocacy for healthier lifestyle practices in Jamaica through road races.
Matthew Lyn, chief operating officer, CB Group, presents a certificate to scholarship recipient Zaavarn Richards during the launch of the CB Group UWI 5K. The event, set to begin at 7 a.m. tomorrow, will seek to raise funds in order to continue supporting the scholarship initiative, as well as to aid in the purchase of a peritoneal dialysis cycler for the University Hospital of the West Indies.