Team Jamaica Bickle appeals for more Diaspora input

April 16, 2016
From left: Consul General Herman G. LaMont (centre) with officials of Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) - Oswald Brown, Karen Wilson-Robinson, Ayesha Hinds and Irwine Clare

Having assisted local high schools with food and accommodation at the annual Penn Relays in the United States for 22 years, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the United States-based organisation with Jamaican roots, is calling on diaspora members to help meet its target of around US$80,000 this year.

The organisation's voluntary programme has traditionally assisted athletes with meals, hotel accommodation, transportation, tickets, and chiropractic services via a team of six, which travels from Canada each year.

With little under two weeks to go however, TJB is asking Jamaicans and diaspora members to contribute to their upcoming fundraiser breakfast and church services in the United States.

Persons can also contribute via the Team Jamaica Bickle website.

Meanwhile, Team Jamaica Bickle held an inaugural reception and awards ceremony at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, April 6.

The awards reception honoured some notable Caribbean-Americans. It also served as a fundraiser as TJB relies on donations to keep its operations going.

Michael Campbell, an ardent supporter of Team Jamaica Bickle, and a commissioner on the Mayor's Commission of Culture in D.C., said:

"I am extremely pleased to be spearheading this movement with (Irwine) Clare. Team Jamaica Bickle's outstanding contribution to the athletes and the nation demands not only my support but that of the diaspora in the USA. He encouraged everyone to embrace the vision in the interest of the athletes."

Clare, the organisation's founder, appealed for financial support, noting "the vast services provided come at a significant cost."

Team Jamaica Bickle will also host athletes from, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and other Caribbean teams at the April 28-30 event, which will be held at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States of America.

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