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Mico Launches Third Staging of the PUMP IT UP 5K Run/Walk

(From left to right) Christopher Samuda President of the JOA greets Sharon Wolfe – Dir of Alumni and Development, Ian Forbes – Chairman of 5K Committee and Dr. Asburn Pinnock – President of the Mico University College at the Press Launch for the 5K held in the Enos Nuttall Lecture Theatre.

The Mico University College launched the third staging of the Pre- University Men’s Programme (PUMP) IT UP 5K Run /Walk on Monday, November 12, encouraging Jamaica to come and support our young men. The fundraising initiative will be held November 18 with the objective of raising funds to provide scholarships for at risk young men.

In his address as guest speaker Christopher Samuda noted ‘this 5K Run/Walk, which will take place on November 18, is indeed a physical occupation which is being pursued with a competitive or recreational purpose in mind with the ultimate deliverable being an improved state of health, performance and lifestyle.“ He was explaining the importance of pursuing sport with purpose regardless of the objective.

The Jamaica Olympic Association president continued ‘men must stand their ground and make their mark which I presume are two hallmarks of PUMP. Marginalization is not an option and is not an elective. In this regard, my sense of, and hope for, education as an instrument of change and transformation compel me irretrievably to further embrace what I have always felt: that “the mind is not a vessel to be filled but a light to be kindled.”

Romario Prendergast, Scholar Recipient and past PUMP student giving testimonial of the impact of the programme on his development.

The launch saw the attendance of current and past PUMP students with one, Romario Prendergast scholarship recipient and past Pump student giving testimonial of the impact the programme has had on his development. “The PUMP programme along with the help of lecturers has made, a young man like me, from the community of Trench Town now Supervisor in the Island Grill franchise and a student in the Faculty of Humanities and Liberal Arts.”

Ian Forbes, committee chair commenting of the route indicated that the route is one of the few true 5Ks. It starts on Marescaux Road, up to Tom Redcam through New Kingston via Trinidad Terrace, Altamont Crescent, Haining Road, Oxford Road and back towards the Mico.