In a ceremony filled with school spirit and strong camaraderie at the JUTC’s Corporate Office at Twickenham Park, Spanish Town, speaker after speaker lauded JUTC for its sense of Corporate Social Responsibility in making the gesture to the schools.
Managing Director for JUTC, Mr Colin Campbell chronicled the origins of the initiative and thanked all those who were involved in its realization. He introduced the drivers of both buses, noting that they were two of the Company’s best who through their stewardship built up a great camaraderie amongst the students. He said that the gesture to the schools was intended to promote excellence and pledged the Company’s continued support even while wishing for a successful staging of the Championships.
Chairman of JUTC, Dr. Garnett Roper said that he hoped the partnership would continue noting that the JUTC brand represented concern, discipline and professionalism – qualities he hoped that the schools would emulate.
Also speaking at the handing-over ceremony was Mr Anthony Lawrence, Marketing Manager for Grace Kennedy Foods & Services. He spoke of his company’s significant involvement with ‘Champs’, highlighting the fact that one of the stars of the event Michael O’Hara, had recently been granted a scholarship from Grace Kennedy. In congratulating the partnership between JUTC and the schools, he charged the students to ensure that they cared for the units.
Garth Gayle, General Secretary of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) endorsed the partnership while reminding the students that they should be worthy ambassadors of their schools.
In delivering the keynote address, Minister of Transport, Works & Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies said that he was pleased to be a part of the initiative while speaking to the high esteem both ‘Champs’ and the JUTC were held in. He explained that anything that possessed the potential to uplift Jamaica had his full support – both Champs and JUTC he said, qualified in that respect.
Principals of both high schools, Messrs Albert Corcho of Calabar and Everton Walters of Edwin Allen were effusive in their appreciation for the initiative, emphasising that the approximately $3.2M in transport costs that will be saved, will go a far way in assisting the development of the respective institutions.
Minister Omar Davies (2nd from left) hands over the key to the Edwin Allen bus to Principal Mr. Everton Walters (3rd from left). Others in the picture from l-r are: Chairman of JUTC Dr. Garnet Roper; a student from the Edwin Allen Champs team; Coach Michael Dyke; Permanent Secretary Audrey Sewell and Managing Director of JUTC, Colin Campbell.
Principal of Calabar, Albert Corcho (2nd from l) receives the key to the Calabar bus from Minister Omar Davies (3rd from right). Others from l-r are Michael O’hara, captain of the Calabar team; JUTC Managing Director, Colin Campbell; Chairman of JUTC, Dr. Garnet Roper and Permanent Secretary Audrey Sewell.