Heart Foun­da­tion tips 5k to raise funds

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE HEART Foun­da­tion of Ja­maica (HFJ) will in three months stage the Run For Your Heart 5K in Kingston.

Slated for Fe­bru­ary 3, 2019, the foun­da­tion aims to raise $1 mil­lion for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s out­reach pro­grammes.

Through this ini­tia­tive, the HFJ, in part­ner­ship with Run­ning Events Lim­ited will kick-start the hap­pen­ings for Heart Month come 2019.

“The Run For Your Heart 5k is aimed at ed­u­cat­ing Jamaicans about main­tain­ing a healthy life­style and rais­ing much­needed funds. We want Jamaicans to be­come heart heroes,” said Karen An­der­son, se­nior man­ager for mar­ket­ing and fund de­vel­op­ment at the Heart Foun­da­tion.

World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion sta­tis­tics state that heart dis­ease is the lead­ing cause of death glob­ally and in Ja­maica, and as such, the foun­da­tion is com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing the mor­tal­ity rate from heart dis­ease by at least 25 per cent by 2025,” An­der­son ex­plained.

She is also heart­ened by the sup­port thus far and hopes that lo­cals and peo­ple in the di­as­pora will con­tinue to utilise the foun­da­tion’s ser­vices.

The regis­tra­tion pe­riod will be open to par­tic­i­pants from De­cem­ber 15 un­til Jan­uary 30.

The Run For Your Heart 5K 2019 is also a fam­ily af­fair as it will fea­ture a 2K run aimed at giv­ing chil­dren a chance to share in the thrust to keep Ja­maica healthy.

Ad­di­tion­ally, par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to walk around the Park track through­out the morn­ing’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

The 2018 stag­ing of the event in Jan­uary at­tracted close to 800 run­ners and walk­ers, and the next stag­ing in­tends to triple its num­bers.

Part pro­ceeds from this year’s event will off­set costs as­so­ci­ated with the re­place­ment of equip­ment used by the HFJ and will be used to keep the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s screen­ing ser­vices at a sub­sidised rate.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Sec­re­tary-trea­surer of the Heart Foun­da­tion of Ja­maica Peter Bangerter (right) poses with the over­all fe­male win­ners of the in­au­gu­ral Heroes of the Heart Fe­male 5K (from left) Janetta Robin­son, sec­ond place in 22:13; Juli­ett Din­nal, first place , 21:24 and Kar­lene Bla­grove, third place, 22:16. The race was pre­sented by Run­ning Events Lim­ited in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Heart Foun­da­tion of Ja­maica, with pro­ceeds go­ing to sup­port­ing the pa­tient- ser­vices ini­tia­tives at the Heart Foun­da­tion of Ja­maica.

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