MoBay City Run Scholarship presentation
JetBlue Airlines, Sandals Resorts International, Riu Resorts, Goddard Catering, Cover Me Up Tents and Medical Response are among the sponsors already committed to the 2016 staging of the MoBay City Run 2016.
The event, which is set for Sunday, May 1, raises funds for needy students attending four tertiary institutions in western Jamaica.
Having made over $3 million earlier this year, the premier 10K/5K run organisers handed over more than a third of its profits to 100 students in western Jamaica last Thursday during a scholarship presentation at Riu Montego Bay.
The funds will assist students enrolled at the University of the West Indies Western Jamaica Campus, UTECH Western Campus, Sam Sharpe Teachers College, and Montego Bay Community College, and one physically challenged student at the Northern Caribbean University.
The run's commitment to education has been commended by JetBlue's country manager, Leslie Brown, who said it was clear that the company's purpose in Jamaica was not merely to contribute towards the enhancement of its tourism product, but also to improve the lives of the citizenry.
"As an organisation, our aim is not just to contribute to the development of tourism, but our aim is to contribute to the development of the whole society," said Brown.
According to Brown, the fun and education traits of Mobay City Run overlaps with five of the airline's core values.
"There is no doubt that an activity like this, apart from its health value, also had a fun involvement as well," said Brown. He added that as an organisation that contributes to the educational value or educational upliftment of its citizens, it is, indeed, demonstrating the epitome of caring, and that's another value that JetBlue has.