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Newsday Cycle Classic, Fun Run to help under-privileged

By WALTER ALIBEY Wednesday, September 8 2010

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THE PUBLIC is being urged to come out in support of the nation’s street and under-privileged children when the Newsday-sponsored Republic Day Cycling Classic and Fun Run is held September 24 at King George V Park and the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.

The event, the sixth edition, will see all proceeds going towards the Newsday Save the Street Children Fund.

Like in the past, a number of top international cyclists and top local runners and walkers are involved.

At yesterday’s launch at Mike’s Bike Shop, Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Managing Director at Phillips Promotions Michael Phillip said defending champion Ryan Parnes of the United States has already confirmed his participation for the feature 30-lap race around the King George V Park circuit.

Parnes is expected to receive a stern challenge from his fellow countrymen Phil Mooney, Nathan Parks and Jamie Sparkling in addition to the top local competitors.

Yesterday Diana Gopaulsingh, Newsday’s Senior Marketing Manager said the event is an opportunity for many to enhance the lives of many under-privileged children.

“If you have never given to the Newsday Street Children fund before, then now is the time for you to do so” Gopaulsingh said. She explained Newsday has recognised that a major problem exists within Trinidad and Tobago where a number of children are to receive life’s basics. “And although we would like to help, we cannot help all of them. This is where you can come and provide assistance in improving people’s lifestyles.”

Newsday, now considered the number No 1 newspaper in the country, is targeting between $40,000 - $50,000 which will assist seven homes across TT.

They are The Credo Foundation, Rainbow Rescue, Marian House, Vision of Hope, Ferdean’s Place Children’s Home, Pardeuo Learning Centre and KIND — Kids In Need of Direction. Gopaulsingh revealed Newsday is, on a daily basis bombarded with calls from many other homes for assistance.

The day’s activities on September 24 has been designed for a day of fun among families, starting at 1 pm cycling for Veterans 50 and 60-plus riders along with events for Tinymites, Women, Seniors, Juniors and Juveniles. The 5k Fun Run and Walk will begin at 3 pm from the Queen’s Park Oval and a number of top runners such as Richard Jones and Cantius Thomas will be among the big field. The runners and walkers will be asked to make a lap of the Queen’s Park Savannah and back to the finish.

The day’s activities will then continue with a number of sprint races before the main 30-lap grind.

Registration has been reasonably priced at $40 each for the Fun Run and Cycling for adults, while children in cycling will pay $15. A team of ten in the fun run and walk will be $300. Registration begins tomorrow at the Mike’s Bike and at Kenny’s Sports Centre.

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