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Celebrities band together for charity run

Published:Wednesday | January 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMRichard Mitchell
Rudolph Brown/Photographer Orville 'Shaggy' Burrell, chats with Etana, (left) and Sharon Burke at the Food For The Poor 5K Run/Walk launch at Jamaica Pegasus hotel yesterday.
Rudolph Brown/Photographer Andrew Mahfood, (second left) chairman of Food for the Poor (FFP), shares a joke with, from left, Orville 'Shaggy' Burrell, Yohan Blake, David Mair, executive director of FFP and Warren Weir at the Food For The Poor's 5K Run/Walk launch at Jamaica Pegasus hotel yesterday.
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Shaggy, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir, Etana, and Agent Sasco were just a few of the popular figures who turned out to show support for Food For the Poor's 5K Run.

Shaggy, no stranger to philanthropy, praised Food For the Poor for its work over the years and admitted that his own foundation, Shaggy and Friends, has benefited greatly from their partnership.

"We (at Shaggy & Friends) have partnered with Food For the Poor on many occasions. They have helped us over the years, and I endorse 100 per cent the work that they are doing," Shaggy said.

Olympic sprinters Yohan Blake and Warren Weir also took the time to hail the charity's work.

"It really makes me upbeat to see what's going on. I support their initiatives 110 per cent. When it comes on to the less fortunate, this is very special to me," the 25-year-old Blake said.

Also endorsing the charity, Warren Weir admitted that it was his first time working with the Food For the Poor:

"I think they are doing an amazing job!" he said. "It's always good to give back, and this will not be the last time I'm working with them."

Speaking with The Gleaner, singer Etana extended her commendation to all charity organisations.

"Anything that aids anyone in any situation is a wonderful thing," Etana said. "I love being part of any organisation that works towards helping make Jamaica better."

Agent Sasco, whose real name is Jeffrey Campbell, revealed that he may have benefited from Food For the Poor's work. He disclosed that his childhood home was destroyed but was rebuilt shortly after, and he now believes it was rebuilt by Food For the Poor.

Other celebrities who showed Food For the Poor support included music group Nomadz, artist Ding Dong, and sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce.

Food For the Poor announced its inaugural 5K run/walk on Tuesday at The Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston. The run is scheduled to take place on May 9 under the banner, 'Changing Lives - Restoring Families'. Proceeds received will be used to provide homes for Jamaicans who live below the poverty line.

Speaking at the launch, Andrew Mahfood, chairman of FFP Jamaica, also urged the public to show support to another 5K run, Colour Me Happy.

Planned for January 24, Colour Me Happy 5K run/walk will also donate proceeds received to the Kind Hearts Foundation. The foundation will, in turn, utilise the services of Food For the Poor to build a basic school at a soon-to-be-determined location.