Grange en­dorses Guardian 5K Night Runs

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

Eric Hosin (cen­tre), pres­i­dent of Guardian Life Lim­ited, shows off his com­pany’s 5K Tshirt with (from left) Ju­lian Robin­son, mem­ber of par­lia­ment; Bee­nie Man; Dr Ho­race Chang, act­ing prime min­is­ter; Olivia Grange, min­is­ter of cul­ture, gen­der af­fairs, en­ter­tain­ment and sports; Dr Sara Lawrence, pa­tron of the Guardian 5K Runs; Christo­pher Tufton, min­is­ter of health; and Karen Bhooras­ingh, pres­i­dent of Guardian Gen­eral In­surance, at the Guardian Group Keep It Alive 5K Night Runs, launch at the Guardian Life Head Of­fice in New Kingston on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 21. KINGSTON: MIN­IS­TER OF Cul­ture, Gen­der Af­fairs, En­ter­tain­ment and Sport Olivia Grange has lauded the work be­ing done by the Guardian Group through its Keep It Alive 5K Night Runs, which takes place in Kingston and Mon­tego Bay on Novem­ber 5 and 12, re­spec­tively.

“I am very im­pressed with what you’ve been able to achieve with th­ese races. Since 2014, you’ve raised 22 mil­lion dol­lars to as­sist health care in our coun­try, par­tic­u­larly hos­pi­tals. I com­mend you for pro­vid­ing this op­por­tu­nity for our peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in a ful­fill­ing, en­joy­able and healthy event,” said Grange at yes­ter­day’s launch at Guardian Life’s head­quar­ters in New Kingston.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, the races fit into the min­istry’s pro­gramme to in­crease the num­ber of Ja­maicans par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports as part of ef­forts to en­cour­age a cul­ture of phys­i­cal fit­ness.

“We want to see more peo­ple, at ev­ery age, play­ing sports. The more ac­tive we are, the health­ier we will be,” the min­is­ter added.

Ac­cord­ing to Grange, the min­istry and Guardian Group have been “work­ing well to­gether in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Ja­maica Ath­letes’ In­surance Plan”.

More than 1,200 of the coun­try’s ath­letes across var­i­ous dis­ci­plines are cov­ered un­der the plan.

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