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Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has called on the private sector for financial assistance with Government’s activities to honour the nation’s athletes, who performed well at the World Championships in Athletics, held in Berlin, Germany last month.
The Government is to host a series of events dubbed ‘The Berlin Salute’ from October 2 to 4, including a ‘Golden Reception’ on October 2; a Thanksgiving Service at the Portmore Seventh Day Adventist Church, in St. Catherine, on October 3 and a western celebration fun day and party at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium on October 4.
Addressing a post-Cabinet press briefing yesterday (September 23), at Jamaica House in Kingston, Minister Vaz urged private sector companies to take advantage of sky boxes that will be offered to them for the celebration at the Trelawny Stadium.
He pointed out that the sky boxes, which hold up to 25 people each, is being used “as an avenue to raise some well needed funds to offset the cost (to stage the events), so that Jamaicans can get an opportunity to really celebrate these milestone achievements by our athletes.”
Jamaica’s athletes, who placed second behind the United States in the medal haul at the 12th staging of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Athletics, won an impressive 13 medals – seven gold, four silver and two bronze.
However, it was Olympic and world sprint record holder, Usain Bolt’s amazing feat of breaking his own world records in the 100 metres, with 9.58 seconds, and in the 200 metres, with a time of 19.19 seconds, that stunned the world. He also won a third gold medal in the men’s 4×100 metres relay.

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