As part of activities to celebrate the country's 50th Anniversary of Independence, organisers in Trelawny will be staging a road race on July 29, from Salt Marsh to Falmouth, with proceeds from the event to be used to establish an Education Fund for children in the parish.
Making the announcement, on July 17, at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank,’ held at the Montego Bay Regional Office, in St. James, Chairman of the Trelawny Jamaica 50 Committee, Phillip Service, said while the race is about promoting healthy lifestyles, it is primarily setting a pace of what the next 50 years should be with a fully educated population.
“We are launching the Trelawny Parish Council Education Fund, and participants are asked to make a small contribution. As we strive to be a healthier nation, we must set the example for a fitter nation. It is a race for everybody, and we are trying to get the older citizens to come out and walk,” he said.
Councillor Service, who is also Chairman of the Trelawny Parish Council Civic Committee, said the decision to set up the Fund is to make sure that education in the parish gets as much funding as possible, so that persons in Trelawny can be educated and compete in a demanding global environment.
"We felt that it is important, not to just celebrate the past, but also to have a vision for the future. Any nation that is thinking of the future…there can be no better investment than in the children. It is an educated nation that is going to be able to play a larger role in this competitive environment that we face,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mr. Service said that on July 24, persons in the parish will be able to view many of the country’s achievements at an exhibition to be opened at the Trelawny Parish Library, in Falmouth, at 2:00 p.m.
"This exhibition will provide an opportunity for all our citizens, particularly the younger ones, to get a full appreciation (of the achievements) of the country. Despite the challenges we face as a nation, we record the progress that we have made, and set the tone for the next 50 years,” he said.
Councillor Service noted that several other events are planned for the jubilee, including a fishermen’s tournament; the handing out of awards to a number of outstanding citizens in the parish, and a great celebration on Independence Day, August 6. For details of other activities persons can visit the JCDC’s website at: www.jcdc.gov.jm.
By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter