Monday 14 October, 2019

Food For The Poor 5k set for May 19

Managing Director of Running Events Jamaica Limited, Alfred 'Frano' Francis speaks during the launch of the fifth staging of the Food For The Poor (FFP) 5K Run/Walk  at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston on Tuesday, May 16, 2019. Listening keenly are (from left) FFP executive,  David Mair;  FFP Jamaica Chairman Andrew Mahfood and  Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton.

Managing Director of Running Events Jamaica Limited, Alfred 'Frano' Francis speaks during the launch of the fifth staging of the Food For The Poor (FFP) 5K Run/Walk at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston on Tuesday, May 16, 2019. Listening keenly are (from left) FFP executive, David Mair; FFP Jamaica Chairman Andrew Mahfood and Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton.

Food For The Poor (FFP) will on Sunday, May 19 host its fifth annual 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for the construction of houses for needy Jamaica.

The charity organisation last year set its sights on raising enough money to build 100 houses, but this time around FFP disclosed that it will concentrate on building as many houses as possible.

This was disclosed by FFP Jamaica Chairman Andrew Mahfood at the 2019 launch of the event at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.

The event is scheduled to start at 6:00 am at Emancipation Park, New Kingston under the theme ‘Be the Change – Run for Ja!’

Mahfood said that since the inaugural staging of the event in 2015, the proceeds from the events, supplemented by donations, have led to the building 300 houses for Jamaicans in need.

In addition to the 300 houses constructed from money received from the 5K Run/Walk, Mahfood pointed out that the charity organisation has constructed almost 25,000 housing units for the last 35 years.

“I got goosebumps when I think about how many houses we have built for the less fortunate in Jamaica,” Mahfood said.

“You have helped us to build 300 more than we could have built. A home that we have given to a family is much more than a blessing and that blessing is from you all,” he added.

He said that Food For The Poor remains committed to building more houses and supporting housing recipients with agricultural projects for their self-sufficiency.

Keynote speaker at the launch, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton lauded FFP for its staging of the charity run.

“Food For The Poor represents so much that should be admired within the society. It’s an organisation that commits itself for doing good for mankind and that deserved commendation,” said Dr. Tufton.

The Minister also pointed out that the Ministry of Health will continue its campaign to get corporate Jamaica involved in its healthy lifestyle drive through its ‘Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge’.

The official launch of the challenge took place in 2017.

As part of the larger ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign, the Corporate Challenge is encouraging organisations to become health ambassadors in promoting healthy lifestyle habits among staff.

Under the challenge, companies are encouraged to compete in five events across the island with the Food For The Poor 5K Run/Walk being the second stop in the series.

The first event in the series will be on May 5.

The remaining events in the series are scheduled for June 2, June 15 and July 4.

 

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