CUMI Come Run set for Sept 24
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has thrown support, to the tune of $1 million, to the 8th annual Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) Come Run 2016 set for September 24 at the Tyall Club in Hanover.
The MOH joins a long list of corporate sponsors, including The Tryall Club, JMMB, Wisynco, National, Fontana, Sandals, Rainforest, CPJ and the SJ Foundation.
Cargo Handlers, Hi-Lo Foods, Captain Watersports, Hard Rock Cafe, Palladium Resorts and Deja Resorts have also lent support to the event.
For the past eight years, the 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk has been the primary source of income for the CUMI, which delivers its services to members of the communities free of cost.
Last year, the committee raised close to $4 million to bolster its trust. The organisers anticipate increasing that figure to $6 million this year.
Speaking at the launch on behalf of the minster in Montego Bay of Health, Dr Stenette Davis, psychiatrist for the Western Regional Health Authority, lauded CUMI for its efforts and pledged greater support to the NGO.
“The CUMI Come Run has become a staple event that highlights the importance of good mental health whilst providing support for those groups that are affected by mental illness. The Ministry is excited about the strengthening of our partnerships with CUMI,” he said.
CUMI has played a great role in proving aftercare after hospital stabilisation for a number of persons over the past 25 years, easing the burden of the Cornwall Regional Hospital’s Psychiatry Department.
In addition to medical support, CUMI also educates family members of persons affected by mental illness and the public at large in an effort to end the stigma associated with the disease.
This year’s run will be coordinated by Running Events Jamaica, the island’s premiere road race coordinators.
CUMI Come Run begins at 7am with warm-up at 6:30am. Interested participants may register at runningeventsja.com.