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Guardian General assists CUMI Come Run 2014

Published:Wednesday | October 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jermaine Rerrie (centre) from Guardian General Insurance Jamaica Limited Montego Bay office, leads the 5K run. Contributed Photos

The sixth CUMI Come Run, staged recently, saw 525 persons coming out to support the worthy cause.

The run took place at the beautiful Tryall Club in Hanover. Event sponsor Guardian General Insurance Jamaica Limited (GGJ) not only assisted with insuring the event, but gave the cash prize for the winners of the 'Dare to Dress' category, won by Rainforest Foods. Karen Bhoorasingh, president of GGJ, who walked in the 5K section, said participating in the event was an easy choice.

"As a part of Guardian Group, GGJ is committed to supporting health and wellness programmes," she said. "We are proud to have been a partner of the CUMI Run since its inception, and will continue to give our support for this worthy cause." She implored corporate Jamaica islandwide to participate in the event, which continues to bring awareness to the issue of mental disabilities. The Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) is a non-governmental organisation and charitable foundation based in Montego Bay. In 1991, a group of concerned citizens in the MoBay area, spearheaded by then mayor Arthur Gilchrist, Elizabeth Hall, and Joy Crooks, saw the need for services which would provide assistance to homeless, mentally ill persons and enhance the delivery of mental-health services in St James. It was recognised that without provision for rehabilitative services as a follow-up to intervention and stabilisation in a hospital setting, the benefits of initial care would be quickly lost with the client relapsing and reverting to the habits of street life. Out of this concern, CUMI was conceived.

Originally developed as an adult day rehabilitation centre, CUMI soon added a night shelter. To date, approximately 1,200 persons have been served, 450 of whom have completed the rehabilitation programme and been placed back into the community, many gaining full or part-time employment. In 2013, J$3 million was raised to bolster the CUMI Trust Fund that supports the rehabilitation of the mentally ill in St James and its environs. Other sponsors of this year's run were Tryall Club, Jamaica Money Market Brokers, Rainforest Seafood, CPJ, Fontana, National Health Fund, Sandals Foundation, National Bakery, Captain Watersports, Xerox, Heart Smart Centre, Cargo Handlers, Coldwell Bankers, Jamaica Realty, Wata, Reggae Tech and Orijin.