Mico PUMP It Up 5K to aid male education
All is set for the second staging of The Mico University College's PUMP It Up 5K Run/Walk, which will be held on Sunday November 19 starting at 6:30 a.m. This was confirmed at a press launch held yesterday at the campus' Enos Nutall Lecture Theatre.
Co-chair of the Organising Committee, Ian Forbes - a past student of the institution, spoke about the success of last year's first staging and encouraged the student body to participate fully in the event this time around.
"This race is very important in the development of roles played by men in the society as it is being used to help in the men's programme and over the years, The Mico has played an important role in this aspect," said Forbes, the first vice-president of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA).
President of the institution, Dr Asburn Pinnock stated that the focus was on developing intellectual young men.
"This race is very crucial with the helping of our young men in the society as the country needs them to play a very important role. Education is a solution to crime and we must ensure that our young men remain focused in the right area," said Pinnock.
Board chairman, professor Neville Ying, encouraged corporate Jamaica to play a big role in this area.
"We need to help our young men in the society to realise their goals, and I am calling on corporate Jamaica to help here by assisting in sponsoring at least one student to the tune of $400,000 each," he said.
USE OF PROCEEDS
Co-chair of the Organising Committee, Sharon Wolfe, who is also the director of Alumni and Development Affairs at the institution, spoke about how the PUMP programme will benefit here.
"The proceeds from the 5K will go towards the further growth and development of our Pre-University Men's Programme (PUMP). Pump is The Mico's response to the shortage of men in the classroom. Since its inception in 2008, over 110 young men have entered the formal programme through PUMP, and we have received many positive reviews from stakeholders," she shared.
Also present at yesterday's launch was Jermaine Harris, a teacher at Ewarton High School. Harrison was the first recipient of the programme and he was very thankful.
"I must say that this has helped me in achieving my goals as when I tried to enter college, I had no help and I could have been somewhere like on the streets, where some of my friends are, but because of the PUMP programme, I was able to achieve my goal," he said.
The route of the race will see the runners starting at The Mico campus up on to Caledonia Avenue, left on to Tom Redcam Drive, straight across Oxford Road, right on to Knutsford Boulevard, right on to Trinidad Terrace, down Altamond Crescent, on to Tom Redcam Drive, right on to Caledonia Avenue, back on to Marescaux Road before ending at The Mico.