JN, Usain Bolt foun­da­tions host 4K this week­end

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

THE USAIN Bolt Foun­da­tion and the JN Foun­da­tion will be stag­ing the sec­ond an­nual He­roes in Ac­tion Charity Run/Walk this Sun­day.

Coin­cid­ing with the pop­u­lar hol­i­day week­end, the charity event, in its first re­newal, will fea­ture a 4K Fun Run and an 8K Run/Walk.

“This event will be an in­ter­est­ing ad­di­tion to the ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod,” Saf­frey Brown, gen­eral man­ager of JN Foun­da­tion, stated.

She pointed out that the event is an­other op­por­tu­nity for cit­i­zens to demon­strate their com­mit­ment to na­tion build­ing, as all the pro­ceeds from the run/walk will go to the Vic­tim Ser­vices Divi­sion of Trelawny and the Granville Place of Safety.

“We want to grow this charity run to be­come a must-do an­nual event over the He­roes Week­end,” Brown said. And she called on Ja­maicans to demon­strate their civic pride, while hav­ing some good, clean fun.

The gen­eral man­ager also wel­comed the part­ner­ship with the Usain Bolt Foun­da­tion which has be­come a seam­less ven­ture, as both Foun­da­tions have vested in­ter­est in the so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Trelawny and the wel­fare of chil­dren.

“Usain Bolt is from Trelawny. He is fa­mil­iar with the is­sues en­coun­tered by res­i­dents and their so­cial needs in the parish, hence, this is one of the ways he is giv­ing back to his birth­place,” Brown said.

She also stated that Ja­maica Na­tional be­lieves in “the power of ru­ral re­gen­er­a­tion”, there­fore, many of its projects are di­rected to build ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties by as­sist­ing and equip­ping them with the req­ui­site re­sources to pos­i­tively im­pact lives.

Since the launch of the run/walk in Oc­to­ber 2015, the event has at­tracted the at­ten­tion of schools and cor­po­rate groups, whose stu­dents and em­ploy­ees are will­ing to par­tic­i­pate, and it has also gar­nered the sup­port of lead­ers in the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tors.

JN Foun­da­tion, the phil­an­thropic arm of Ja­maica Na­tional Build­ing So­ci­ety, con­tin­ues to mo­bilise Ja­maicans lo­cally and over­seas to par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties to in­flu­ence sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, by in­vest­ing in the wel­fare of com­mu­ni­ties and the most vul­ner­a­ble groups in our coun­try, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren.

The pro­ceeds from the run/walk will as­sist the Vic­tim Ser­vices Divi­sion of Trelawny to de­liver ad­e­quate and ef­fec­tive so­cial ser­vices for the re­cov­ery of chil­dren who have fallen prey to crime, as well as to en­hance the phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment of the Granville Place of Safety, through the es­tab­lish­ment of a mul­ti­pur­pose cen­tre for the girls’ holis­tic de­vel­op­ment

To par­tic­i­pate, in­ter­ested per­sons may go to the near­est JN lo­ca­tion or visit http://www. jnbs.com/run­walk; or https:// www.run­ningeventsja.com. Do­na­tions are also ac­cepted via Isup­port­ja­maica.com or JN ac­count #2094208750. De­posits to the ac­count can be made at any JN branch or MoneyShop across the coun­try.

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