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GraceKennedy to continue sponsoring schoolboy cricket

Published:Saturday | July 23, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Captain of the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) cricket team, Michael Frew (third left), is presented with the ISSA/First Global Bank/GraceKennedy General Insurance Trophy by Don Wehby, chief executive officer of the GraceKennedy Group of Companies, having won the overall all-island title in the 2016 schoolboy cricket competitions. This trophy, among others, were recently presented at the closing ceremony in Kingston. Others (from left, front row) are Keith Wellington, STETHS’ principal; Miriame McIntosh-Robinson, CEO of First Global Bank; Grace Burnett, managing director of GraceKennedy General Insurance and Clive Ledgister, coach of the STETHS cricket team. Members of the cricket team look on (in back row).

KINGSTON:

Keeping true to their pledge in undertaking their role as good corporate citizens, the GraceKennedy Group has committed to continue sponsoring the all-island schoolboy cricket competitions.

Since 2001, the GraceKennedy Financial Group has extended their helping hands to sponsor the games in all high schools to the tune of $150,000. For this year, the overall sponsorship purse was increased to $10,000,000 .

Chief executive officer for the GraceKennedy Group, Don Wehby, announced the group's commitment to continue their sponsorship for the foreseeable future, as he addressed the recent cricket closing ceremony.

"As we say, with our support of the Boys and Girls' Champs, we don't see this as an expense, but rather as an investment in Jamaica's youth and schools," Wehby emphasised.

Wehby said GraceKennedy has always firmly believed in supporting Jamaica's growth and development through the nation's young people.

"Young cricketers are the future of the game of cricket and the future of Jamaica. That is why I believe it is so important for us to continue this sponsorship," Wehby noted.

Wehby said his company believes it is very important to invest in the sport of cricket at the high school level, citing that it is critical for students to be involved in healthy school competitions and leagues, as this is where talented players are identified and propelled to higher levels.

"I would like to see the state of cricket improve in Jamaica to include participation and spectator support, as well as support for the players, the clubs and the game itself," Wehby observed.

Wehby has affirmed that part of the GraceKennedy Group's reason to continue sponsoring schoolboy cricket is that many more talented cricketers can be produced at that level and move on to become famous on the international scene.

Said Wehby: "Our sponsorship gives our youngsters that chance to aim for the stars."

Meanwhile, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) were once again crowned the all-island ISSA/GraceKennedy cricket champions and will keep their trophies for at least another year.