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Biking for a cause

Published:Friday | April 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM
From left: President of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East's Dr Hermes Madu, Exclusive Holiday's Mary Chambers and Discount Lumber and Hardware's Basil Johnson pose for the camera.
From left: Fidelity Motor's Leslie Nembhard, Sunset Beach Resort and Spa's Olivene Scarlett and Rainforest Seafood's Roger Lyn.
From left: President designate of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East, Lilieth Gregg, Howard Ward of Ward's Power Tools and Bikeathon/Jamaica Challenge chairman, Winsome Stewart, at the official launch of the event at the Sunset Beach Resort and Spa in Montego Bay last Thursday.
From left: Sunset Beach Resort and Spa's Evatt Bloomfield, Caribbean Producer Jamaica's Everod Wilson and Paula Castillo at the launch of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East Bikeathon/Jamaica Challenge at the Sunset Beach Resort and Spa in Montego Bay last Thursday. - Photos by Janet Silvera
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Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

Discount Lumber and Hardware, Caribbean Producers, Rainforest Seafoods, Exclusive Holidays, Fidelity Motors, Chukka Caribbean Adventures, Whitter Village and Sunset Beach Resort and Spa have combined efforts to provide scholarships for university students in the western end of the island.

The Montego Bay-based companies, along with Ward Power Tools, have thrown their weight behind the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East's Bikeathon/Jamaica Challenge 2012, offering educational bursaries valued at J$1.2 million.

Bikeathon Jamaica Challenge 2012, slated for Sunday, May 6, will see professional and amateur cyclists competing for awards and prizes on a 74-kilometre course, starting at Whitter Village, Ironshore. The event will also include a 5K walk and run and a kids' bike race.

Bikeathon/Jamaica Challenge, is the signature fund-raising effort of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East, with proceeds from the event going towards funding the scholarships annually.

"This is the second year that our specific scholarship sponsors have combined their efforts with the regular sponsors of the Bikeathon, which is in its 17th year," explained the chairman of the event, Winsome Stewart.

She said exceptional tertiary and high school students facing financial challenges are the ones selected to benefit from this gracious offering.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com