CB Group UWI 5K, Kids K target $15m
Having helped more than 75 tertiary students to a college education amid challenging economic times, organisers of the CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K are hoping to raise $15 million for the academic and sporting development of more students through the University of West Indies' (UWI) Scholarship Fund.
UWI's all-important run/walk will begin and end at the UWI Mona Bowl on the morning of Sunday, November 15.
The 5K run will begin 7 a.m. and will be followed by the Kids K at 8 a.m., which will enter its second staging. Registration will open next week and the cost to participate is $1,000.
This fourth renewal aims to target Jamaicans abroad, members of the general public, running/
walking enthusiasts, as well as charitable donors and companies.
The event was launched under the patronage of the honourable Douglas Orane and Donette Chin-Loy Chang, widow of G. Raymond Chang yesterday, at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track.
Chang, now deceased, was a co-founder/co-patron, while wife Donette Chin-Loy Chang will serve as patron in his honour.
Importance of education
Douglas Orane, event chairman/co-patron, said: "Ray would say this all the time: 'Education is the great leveller and we need to use that in order to advance everybody in life'.
"I look forward to seeing all of you here and to the support that you have given us over the years, individuals and committed corporate sponsors," he continued.
UWI Principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, lauded the event.
"Many of the students who receive the CB Group UWI 5K scholarships are the first in their family to attend an institution of higher education. The opportunity afforded them as a result of this event will impact not only their lives, but generations to come," he outlined.
Since starting in 2012, the initiative has been able to raise $38 million, while last year's proceeds enabled UWI to award 25 scholarships valued at $8,500,000, as well as to donate a Thermocycler (PCR machine or DNA amplifier) for $1,400,000 to the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation.
Matthew Lyn, chief operating officer, CB Group, noted: "The CB Group UWI 5K has grown in a short space of time into an event which not only impacts the university community but the entire country, as these scholarship recipients will one day contribute significantly to the development of Jamaica in their respective fields."