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Some 400 volunteers from western Jamaica, who worked at the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium during the recent staging of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, were recognized and presented with gift packages at a reception, held at the Rose Hall Resort and Country Club in Montego Bay on May 28.
Board Chairman of the Jamaica Local Organizing Committee (LOC) 2007, Dr. Wayne Reid, said that the volunteers played a significant role in the successful execution of the events of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 staged in Jamaica, inclusive of the four warm-up matches and the prestigious opening ceremony.
“The Local Organizing Committee for World Cup Cricket is very grateful that so many Jamaicans offered their services to be volunteers throughout the tournament. A tournament of this nature requires a large cadre of people who are willing to give up their time to set and maintain a platform that the many actors who worked through the sport tournament can perform . We are very glad that these Jamaicans from all walks of life, professionals, retirees, the young, the old, all gave up their time, left their families, some left their jobs to volunteer their time and efforts and have made us all proud,” Dr. Reid told JIS News.
He observed that the volunteers spent hours doing their part where they were placed in order that the participants in the tournament could be comfortably hosted during the games.
“We are all very grateful for the tremendous performance of all our volunteers and trust that Jamaica will be able to live up to the standards which they have set and maintained,” Dr. Reid said.
In his message, which was read by Pamela Neilson, Managing Director and CEO of ICC CWC West Indies 2007, Chris Dehring lauded the volunteers for the outstanding contribution they collectively made to the tournament, showing dedication and professionalism in the execution of their duties.
“I am delighted that you and several thousands others agreed to do so. In total, over 4,500 people in the region stepped forward and offered to help. We could not have made CWC 2007 happen without you. We recognize that you made an outstanding contribution to the tournament and certainly your efforts did not go unnoticed,” Mr. Dehring said.
“You all showed dedication, professionalism, enthusiasm, and have been excellent ambassadors for Jamaica and for the Trelawny area of the West. One thing I heard consistently during the tournament from all sorts of people was how fantastic our volunteers were, how friendly, how courteous, how helpful. You received lots of praise and should be proud,” he said.
Some 602 of the volunteers who went through a special assessment programme were certified and presented with official certificates.

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