Sunday 23 February, 2020

Race for Hope 2020 to benefit Hope Gardens, children's home

Race Organizer Phillip Clarke, RFH Organizing Committee member Carla Myrie and JNCH Director Nadine Waugh.

Race Organizer Phillip Clarke, RFH Organizing Committee member Carla Myrie and JNCH Director Nadine Waugh.

The Nature Preservation Foundation (NPF), managers and operators of the iconic Hope Royal Botanical Gardens, will host a 5k Run/Walk - Race for Hope on Saturday, January 11 at 6 am at Hope Gardens.

Miss Jamaica World 2018 Kadijah Robinson and Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Ackera Gowie have joined the effort to keep hope alive, as race ambassadors.

Part proceeds of the race will go towards the refurbishing of a section of the Jamaica National Children's Home, which was recently destroyed by fire.

In recent times the rental of the gardens (one of the major revenue sources) has been adversely affected. As a result of this the financial position has been significantly impacted resulting in an adverse variance of approximately $16.5 million. Funds raised from the race will also go towards the maintenance of the gardens.

Race for Hope originally started as a fundraiser by the Jamaica Institute of Engineers (JIE) in partnership with the NPF 11 years ago, as part of the activities to celebrate engineer’s week.  The JIE is a former volunteer group of the foundation’s board of directors and used this initiative as an avenue to raise funds to support the ongoing maintenance of the gardens. The race took a break in 2015.

The 2020 staging will feature a new route which will take patrons through the beautiful Hope Gardens and into nearby communities, Mona Heights and Hope Pastures, before terminating at the Shell Band Stand in Hope Gardens for a post-race show with Jamaica Festival song finalists, among other performers.

The contribution is $1,000 for individuals and $800 for groups of 10 or more. Registration closes on Thursday, January 9, 2020, and can be done online at https://hrbg.org.jm/news or at Hope Gardens.

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