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The cultural event and presentation ceremony honouring Jamaica's 2012 Olympians and Paralympians on National Heroes Day is a public event, and that just under half of the tickets available are for high school children and members of the public.

Minister with responsibility for Sport in the Office of the Prime Minister, Natalie Neita Headley said, "The celebration, which will see the nation recognising the athletes is a public event and we are ensuring that it will be a memorable opportunity for young people to be inspired by the accomplishments of our sportsmen and sportswomen, and to be motivated to pursue their own goals and dreams."

Of the six thousand tickets available, 500 hundred will go to students from high schools attended by the athletes; 2,500 will go to youth organisations, athletes and their families, sports officials, the Diplomatic Corps and sponsors.

Another two thousand tickets are for general distribution to the public through LIME and Digicel stores islandwide. These tickets are free, and distribution will begin promptly at noon on Friday, October 12.

Minister Neita Headley is imploring members of the public to be patient with and understanding of the LIME and Digicel stores staff who will issue no more than two tickets per person, on a first come first serve basis.

This historic musical tribute, 'Jamaica's Musical History Honouring our Olympic Journey', will take place at the National Arena on Monday October 15 – National Heroes Day, starting at 7:00 p.m. It will be broadcast live by PBCJ, starting at 7:15 p.m. and on TVJ starting at 7:45 p.m., in addition to being streamed on the Internet and on the Jamaica Information Service website at www.jis.gov.jm/livestream

Members of the public are being encouraged to gather with friends and family and follow the show and presentation ceremony in their homes, sports bars, and at community gatherings. Arrangements for large screen public viewing of the show have been made for Half Way Tree Square, St Andrew and at Dump Up Beach in Montego Bay.

 

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