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Bigga honours ladies

Published:Friday | April 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Wisynco Group Limited, through its flagship soft drink brand, Bigga, will be honouring 12 women who have excelled in their respective fields on Saturday, April 24, at the Bigga Jamaica Oaks Day, which will be held at Caymanas Track Limited in Portmore, St Catherine.

The Bigga Jamaica Oaks Race Day was originally celebrated as 'Ladies' Day' as only female horses or 'fillies' race in the Jamaica Oaks. This year they will contend for a purse of more than $3 million. The 12 honourees are women who represent a variety of professions and backgrounds, which is something Kimberly Lawson and her team at Bigga are proud they were able to accomplish.

"We set out to find women who were doing more than just 'really well' in their fields, and what we found were 12 women who are well-accomplished, astounding, and astute professionals and persons," Lawson said.

Lawson, public relations, events and sponsorship manager at Wisynco, said the women are "Jamaicans who the world can look on and admire their achievements and their aptitude to do even more".

The awardees are Andrea Wright, who will be honoured for her work in theatre, as will Dahlia Harris, who will be honoured for her work in theatre and broadcasting. Also on the list are Andrea Coy, Tina Myers-Matalon and Marlene Malahoo-Forte, who will be honoured for their endeavours in business. Paula Anne Porter-Jones will be honoured for her work in broadcasting and Sharon Schroeter for her work in media as producer extraordinaire.

The sporting maverick Simone Forbes will be recognised for her contribution to the five sports she plays at the national level, whereas Kimala Bennett will be recognised for her excellent work in videography and directing, and Jessica Yap will receive her award for her strides in music. Rounding out the awardees are Tara Playfair-Scott, who will receive her award for stellar accomplishments in the field of communication and marketing and Dr Carolyn Gomes who will be awarded for her work in human-rights advocacy.