first_imgHaving helped more than 75 tertiary students to a college education amid challenging economic times, organisers of the CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K are hoping to raise $15 million for the academic and sporting development of more students through the University of West Indies’ (UWI) Scholarship Fund.UWI’s all-important run/walk will begin and end at the UWI Mona Bowl on the morning of Sunday, November 15.The 5K run will begin 7 a.m. and will be followed by the Kids K at 8 a.m., which will enter its second staging. Registration will open next week and the cost to participate is $1,000.This fourth renewal aims to target Jamaicans abroad, members of the general public, running/walking enthusiasts, as well as charitable donors and companies.The event was launched under the patronage of the honourable Douglas Orane and Donette Chin-Loy Chang, widow of G. Raymond Chang yesterday, at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track.Chang, now deceased, was a co-founder/co-patron, while wife Donette Chin-Loy Chang will serve as patron in his honour.Importance of educationDouglas Orane, event chairman/co-patron, said: “Ray would say this all the time: ‘Education is the great leveller and we need to use that in order to advance everybody in life’.”I look forward to seeing all of you here and to the support that you have given us over the years, individuals and committed corporate sponsors,” he continued.UWI Principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, lauded the event.”Many of the students who receive the CB Group UWI 5K scholarships are the first in their family to attend an institution of higher education. The opportunity afforded them as a result of this event will impact not only their lives, but generations to come,” he outlined.Since starting in 2012, the initiative has been able to raise $38 million, while last year’s proceeds enabled UWI to award 25 scholarships valued at $8,500,000, as well as to donate a Thermocycler (PCR machine or DNA amplifier) for $1,400,000 to the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation.Matthew Lyn, chief operating officer, CB Group, noted: “The CB Group UWI 5K has grown in a short space of time into an event which not only impacts the university community but the entire country, as these scholarship recipients will one day contribute significantly to the development of Jamaica in their respective fields.”last_img read more

first_imgConstruction work on the multi-purpose Tappita City Hall in Lower Nimba County, has encountered a hitch due to lack of funds to continue the project, Tappita City Mayor Sarah Mendobor has disclosed.The foundation for the two-storey building, which was started in March this year, has been completed, but there is no money now to continue the project, reports say. As such, the contractor has started complaining of the slow pace of work. Nimbaians residing in Australia and the Tappita City Council are collaborating to construct the hall, but a huge portion of the US$161,000 earmarked for the project is expected to come from the Australia group.“At the moment, the project has stalled due to lack of funding, but we are hoping that very soon our foreign-based counterparts will make some money available to take us to the final stage of completion,” Madam Mendobor said confidently.“The first contractor failed miserably because their workers did not understand the blue print of the hall; but right now, the hall is being constructed by the Millennium Construction and Business Services,” said Mendobor.The manager of the Millennium Construction Firm, Isaac G. Kabakollie, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that the lengthy hall is designed to host several different events simultaneously without inconvenience users.Since completing the foundation the issue of funding has hampered the work exposing most of the planted steel rods to extreme sun light thus posing some danger to them.“If we had the money, I can assure you that this project would be finished the first week in February, 2015,” Mr. Kabakollie asserted.Other citizens of Tappita, including Pastor Charles Miller and Josephus Paye, are hoping  that the project would be completed to serve as a tribute to the ‘peaceful residents’ of Tappita and their sons and daughters residing in foreign lands.A similar construction of a city hall under the auspices of the Nimba Citizens Union in Australia, in collaboration with the Ganta City Council is also expected to kick off shortly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more