Earl Jarrett (left) then General Manager of the Jamaica National Building Society, now Chief Executive Officer of The Jamaica National Group, greets the Honourable Usain Bolt, 100 and 200-metre World Record Holder at the 2016 Racers Grand Prix Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction.
The programme to develop young athletes attached to the Racers Track Club will be further advanced as the Club is set to benefit from the proceeds of a Charity Dinner and Auction in London, to be hosted by The Voice newspaper and The Jamaica National Group in July.
Paulette Simpson, Director of The Voice in the UK , said that the event was one of the activities planned in celebration of the newspaper’s 35th anniversary.
“This charity event is being held ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in August,” Miss Simpson stated, “where Usain Bolt will be participating in his final international competition. This dinner, therefore, presents The Voice and The Jamaica National Group with the opportunity to recognise the achievements of Coach Glen Mills and Usain Bolt and to honour their contribution to the international success of Jamaican athletes.”
The Charity Dinner and Auction will be held at the Dorchester Hotel, in London, on Sunday July 16, 2017.
Featured guests at the event will be athletic legend, Dr. the Hon. Usain Bolt and head of Racers Track Club, Dr. the Hon Glen Mills.
The Auction will offer the chance for guests to acquire unique sports items that have been donated by Jamaican and international athletes; as well as, English Premier League Football Clubs.
Coach Glen Mills expressed his appreciation for the ongoing effort being made to raise funds for the Racers Track Club.
“Last year, our club hosted its inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix in Kingston, Jamaica, and with the committed support of our sponsors, including lead sponsor, Jamaica National, the meet achieved overwhelming success. JN also hosted a Reception and Silent Auction, which assisted us to raise funds for the continued development of the Racers Track Club programme for younger athletes,” Mr. Mills explained.
“The success and influence of Jamaican athletes are renowned internationally,” noted Leon Mitchell, Chief Marketing Officer, The Jamaica National Group, who has been an ardent supporter of the Racers Track Club for many years.
He indicated that, “numerous Jamaican athletes have contributed to the popularity and growth of athletics in Jamaica and have been dedicated ambassadors for our country. The Racers Track Club has been instrumental in that regard; and for the development of athletics in Jamaica to be sustained, it is necessary to ensure that our young athletes and clubs realise their full potential and to continue to maintain the success of Jamaica’s athletic programme.”
Over the years, Racers Track Club has nurtured many brilliant Jamaican athletes, under the tutelage of Coach Mills and, has produced several world class competitors, including World and Olympic champion and world record holder, Usain Bolt, as well as, World Champion, Yohan Blake.
UK residents are invited to participate and support this special evening. Athletes and officials from the Racers Track Club along with special guests from the world of sports will be in attendance.
The host for the evening will be British Olympic & World Championship medalist and current broadcaster, Colin Jackson.