UWI Run going the distance to help needy students

Friday, October 19, 2018

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With proceeds from the CB Group University of The West Indies (UWI) 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K going directly towards the development of sports and education, Mayberry Investments could not resist being a part of such a worthy cause and has pumped $250,000 in support.

Anika Jengelle, Mayberry's vice-president of marketing, was extremely happy to be a sponsor of the event once again, which will take place on Sunday, November 11.

“This year will be our fifth year sponsoring this event, and we couldn't be prouder of being a part of this initiative. We understand the importance of the scholarship fund, and the role that it plays in the education of some of our brightest minds who are unable to afford an education,” said Jengelle.

The event provides scholarships to students entering the UWI as well as those who encounter financial difficulties while enrolled.

Many students have benefitted from scholarships over the years and the annual 5K event will provide a steady flow of funding for these scholarships.

“We at Mayberry believe strongly in youth development, so this relationship is a natural fit. We look forward to continuing our partnership as the Run also serves as an opportunity for our team to spend some time together for a good cause,” Jengelle noted.

The UWI has produced some of the brightest minds in the region and too often some students fail to pursue their dreams due to the inability to fund their tertiary education.

Some students who are more capable of specialising in areas of interest have opted for more affordable programmes rather than specialise in areas of strength. Some have opted out of tertiary education all together due to financial constraints.

Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, executive director of The UWI in the Vice-Chancellor's Office and chairperson of the event, told the Jamaica Observer that over 200 students have benefited since the inception in 2012 and they are targeting $10 million from the event.

“Registration is good... it is always more robust closer to the time of the Run, but registration is going well right now and, we are getting great support from the corporate sector and of course, the UWI community,” she pointed out.

— Howard Walker

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