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Companies support The Gleaner 180 5k

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM
President and CEO of JPSCo Kelly Tomblin waves for our camera after crossing the finish line at the Gleaner 180 5K Run/Walk. Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer

Their presence may have been understated and unknown, but certainly not unappreciated. Many hands and hearts came together to make The Gleaner 180 5k Run/Walk a success, some the public didn't even know about. Peace and Love in Society (PALS) and the physiotherapy department of the University Hospital of the West Indies were the beneficiaries.

Though unable to field a team, GraceKennedy (GK) Limited donated $100,000 to the cause, $50,000 per charity.

"We commend them both on the great work they continue to do, especially in light of financial and other constraints," said Simone Clarke-Cooper, group chief corporate communications manager at GK. "We sincerely hope our contribution will help them as they continue to help others." Clarke-Cooper said GK and The Gleaner share a long and fruitful relationship.

"We have been neighbours for almost over a hundred years and share a common passion for downtown Kingston and the common vision of seeing it re-developed," said Clarke-Cooper. She noted that The Gleaner has consistently supported GK's Education Run and suggested that it was critical for corporate entities to give back, even if it might involve competing brands.

"No matter what brand you represent, we are all one Jamaica," she said. "'We Care' is a mantra that is built into the DNA of GraceKennedy, and when it comes to moving Jamaica forward in whatever way, we are always willing to join hands with those who are willing to join with us to make Jamaica a better place and allow Jamaicans to live a better quality of life," she said.

More donations

Another corporate body, Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPSCo), had a group of 23 participants, but donated $50,000. At $1,000 per entrant for groups of less than 50, it meant JPSCo gave more money than the participants they had.

"A decision was taken to donate a specific amount once the call for partnership was made," explained Ruthlyn Johnson, corporate communication officer. "We are pleased at the opportunity to give back and we are acutely aware that especially in the current economic climate, we can never give too much to a good cause." Johnson said the Gleaner 5K Run/Walk fits perfectly into JPSCo's current Employee Health and Wellness programme.

"It also gave us the opportunity to be a part of an event that honoured The Gleaner, a company that we consider to be an important part of the economic and media landscape of Jamaica." Johnson said employees who participated enjoyed themselves immensely and said the event gave them triple fulfilment: the opportunity to honour and partner with The Gleaner, making a positive impact on the lives of others through the donation and, continuing their health and wellness programme.

Another company, Post To Post, gave $20,000 although they had 15 participants. The 5K event also received assistance from the medical sector. The Portmore Hospital Complex provided medical service in the form of two ambulances, six beds, oxygen tanks and nurse for the event, at no cost.