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Lawless Events, Alca Entertainment give back with Bar-Raage Scholarship

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Krista Henry, Staff Reporter

Nadine Thompson, after collecting her cheque through the Winter Bar-raage Scholarship programme. - Contributed

Combining education and partying, promoters of the Bar-Raage series, Lawless Events and Alca Entertainment, are giving back to the partying community with the successful execution of the Bar-Raage Scholarship.

Christmas Day was made even more special for teacher Nadine Thompson of Interboreale Basic School, in St Mary, when she became the inaugural winner of the Bar-Raage Scholarship, which was reaped from the successful staging of the party Winter Bar-Raage held at the Liguanea Club. The promoters vowed to donate $100 from every ticket sold to the fund which amounted to $150,000. A cheque was presented to Thompson last Thursday at the Atrium, in New Kingston.

Education is a core value

When The Gleaner spoke to Marvin Lawrence of Lawless Events about the scholarship, the graduate of the University of London, alongside his partner Alex Morrison, a current student of the University of Technology, said that education is a core value for them.

"The idea was the brainchild of myself and Morrison. After looking at a number of events, we needed to find a way to give back and not just to anyone, but to someone who supports our events," said Lawrence.

Hence the Bar-Raage Scholarship was born. With the assistance of THE STAR, the Student Loan Bureau and National Commercial Bank (NCB), the scholarship was opened to patrons of their events, who are or will be attending a tertiary institution. Applications were made available in THE STAR from October 16 to November 26 and applicants were required to write an essay on the topic: 'How has your life experiences influenced you to build a better Jamaica?'

Lawrence said he received 400 applicants from across the island. They were narrowed down to 10 and the winner was announced on Christmas Day at Winter Bar-Raage. For Lawrence, Thompson was an instant standout explaining, "She's a student at Mico; she really wants to be someone who gives back like us, that's why she's pursuing early childhood education. Also, she's from Portland, so she took the journey from there to the event which shows us something special."

Lawrence said, along with the $150,000 cheque, the NCB Foundation has also decided to help with further costs for Thompson's education. With the success of Winter Bar-Raage, which saw approximately 1600 patrons turning out, the promoters have decided to continue offering the Bar-Raage Scholarship at Summer Bar-Raage, to be held on July 24.

"We're really happy about the whole thing and we do hope that the other promoters will follow suit and give back to the less fortunate," said Lawrence.