Monday 16 December, 2019

Five charities receive $640,000 each from Kingston City Run

Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) and its partners hosted their 7th annual Kingston City Run on March 17 and raised $3.2M for their beneficiaries: Alpha Institute, Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Food For The Poor, Missionaries of the Poor, and the Open Arms Development Centre.

The handing over ceremony was held on November 13, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The five charities were each presented with a sum of $640,000.

Mavis Farquharson of the Marie Atkins Night Shelter beamed with joy as she thanked the organizers of the run for their support over the years and informed the audience that the proceeds had enabled the Shelter to now open 2 walk-in Bathroom showers in October 2019.

Mrs Madden-Greig said she was extremely happy to be handing over the proceeds on the official World Kindness day and implored for the continued generous support of sponsors and donors to enable the run to achieve their target of $4M in 2020.

She advised that the 8th staging of the event will take place from March 13 – March 15, 2020, to make it the most exciting and entertaining run/walk race.

The Kingston City Run was started in 2013. The event is organized annually by The JHTA Kingston Chapter along with key strategic partners The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), The Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) and the Kingston & St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).

The event is currently co-chaired by Christopher Jarrett (Area Chairman: JHTA Kingston) and Nicola Madden-Greig (Immediate Past President: JHTA).

According to JHTA officials, the event is not-for-profit with proceeds going towards deserving charities. Over the years since inception, a specific focus has been on the homeless population.

 

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