Saturday 21 September, 2019

Guardian 5K Night Runs aim to raise $35m for four hospitals

Eric Hosin, President, Guardian Life Limited is joined by Julian Robinson, Member of Parliament, South East St. Andrew in making the first donation towards Guardian Group Foundation Keep It Alive 5k night Run bottle drive. The bottles will be placed at strategic locations including benefitting hospitals and Guardian Life offices, with one hundred percent of the monies collected in the bottles being returned to beneficiaries.

Eric Hosin, President, Guardian Life Limited is joined by Julian Robinson, Member of Parliament, South East St. Andrew in making the first donation towards Guardian Group Foundation Keep It Alive 5k night Run bottle drive. The bottles will be placed at strategic locations including benefitting hospitals and Guardian Life offices, with one hundred percent of the monies collected in the bottles being returned to beneficiaries.

As the Guardian Group Foundation celebrates the sixth anniversary of its annual ‘Keep It Alive’ 5K Night Runs in Kingston and the fifth staging in Montego Bay, it will be seeking to raise $35 million this year to benefit four health institutions, namely University Hospital of The West Indies, Cornwall, St. Ann’s Bay and Mandeville regional hospitals.

The announcement was made by Gladstone Lewars, Chairman, Guardian Group Foundation, at the launch of the 2019 ‘Keep it Alive’ 5K Night Runs held recently at the Guardian Life Head Office, Kingston.

Speaking at the launch function, Eric Hosin, President of Guardian Life Limited, said as an insurance provider, Guardian recognised the importance of promoting health consciousness and proper health care in Jamaica.

“We are equally committed to playing our part as good corporate citizens in leveraging our resources and influence to improve the quality of life of our fellow Jamaicans.  To this end, we have identified the health sector as the area where we can best advance this mission; hence our continued investment in staging this event,” Hosin said.

He noted that since inception in 2014, the races have grown significantly, having registered a total of 44,000 participants over the years, and raising $80 million. 

Last year, the event raised $23 million which enabled the Foundation to provide equipment for:  St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, valued at $3.7 million; Mandeville Regional Hospital, $4 million; Cornwall Regional Hospital, $4.5 million; and the University Hospital of the West Indies, $10 million.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Alwyn Miller, CEO, Cornwall Regional Hospital, expressed gratitude to the Guardian Group Foundation for its continued support to the health services in Jamaica.  He noted that the support his institution has received from the Guardian Group Foundation has facilitated improved services to thousands of patients who access health care services at the hospital.

“In 2018 we received equipment valued at over $4.5 million, including stretchers, patient monitors and baskets for the monitors and the following day the equipment went into service in the accident and emergency unit of the hospital,” Miller said

This year’s night runs will be held on Saturday, May 25 in Kingston starting at the Guardian Head Office on Trafalgar Road and Saturday, June 1 in Montego Bay, starting at Scotiabank, Fairview.

Funds raised this year will purchase equipment for the Physiotherapy Unit of the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital; the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Mandeville Regional Hospital; Operating Theatres and Anaesthesiology Unit at the Cornwall Regional Hospital and the Critical Care Unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Service clubs, educational institutions and the Kingston Public Hospital will continue to benefit from the 75 per cent Giveback Programme, where they will receive proceeds from the total number of persons registered in the name of the respective teams.

 

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