Team Jamaica Bickle hosts church service to kick off Penn Relays

April 25, 2016
Team Jamaica Bickle founder Irwine Clare

Considering Jamaica's legacy as the sprint capital of the world an enviable one, voluntary organisation, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), has gone the distance to contribute to Jamaican high schools and university teams to the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in the United States for more than 20 years.

Team Jamaica Bickle is a not-for-profit organisation, based in New York. It was formed in 1994, under the leadership of Irwine Clare.

The organisation held its Final Thanksgiving Service -"Send-off to the Penn Relays" yesterday at St John's Church in New York.

hosting athletes

On Saturday, the organisation also hosted a breakfast fund-raiser at the St Luke's Episcopal Church also in New York, with the hope of raising funds for hosting athletes from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Guyana at this week's relays carnival.

"We are grateful for the support of the community. Thanks for making our third Annual Breakfast a success. Please visit our website www.teamjamaicabickle.org to make your donations as we continue to prepare to host our athletes," said the organisation's founder.

"When the athletes do well it impacts the country and citizens everywhere positively," he added.

TJB has assisted local high schools with meals, hotel accommodations, transportation, tickets at the event and chiropractic service each year.

This year, TJB is calling on Diaspora members to help them meet its target of around US$ 80,000 dollars ahead of the April 28 to 30 event.

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