Biking for a cause
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
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.