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Military Endurance challenge raises funds for the Office of the Children's Advocate

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 5:00 AM

MONEAGUE, St Ann:

THE MILITARY Endurance Challenge Run 2015, which took place at the Moneague Training Camp in St Ann last Saturday, saw several children participating in the event, which was to raise funds for the Office of the Children's Advocate.

From St Ann, a team of 20 children were able to participate, thanks to sponsorship from the St Ann Justices of the Peace Association.

The children, aged mostly between 12 and 17, were drawn from several schools in the parish, including Golden Grove All-age, Ferncourt High and Ocho Rios High.

Ocho Rios High School student Nicholas Sutherland did extremely well, finishing third over the children endurance course, to earn a bronze medal.

There were also fourth- and ninth-place finishes.

Marissa Johnson-Howell, representing the association, said she was pleased with the event and the level of participation.

"We went to the schools, asked who would want to participate and then offered the sponsorship," Johnson-Howell explained.

She also outlined the reason for getting the children involved in the event.

"The St Ann Justices of the Peace sit in Children's Court. We advise the judge and, as such, we work closely with the Children's Advocate to ensure children are being treated fairly in accordance with childcare and protection laws, so we found it fitting to sponsor the children to participate in the event."

She said the children, male and female, didn't complain about the course and actually relished the challenge.

The St Ann Justices of the Peace Association also had an adult team participating, which was made up mainly of spouses of the justices.

The event, staged by The Second Battalion, The Jamaica Regiment and The Office of The Children's Advocate, will see proceeds going towards initiatives of The Office of the Children's Advocate.

The Gleaner Company was also a sponsor of the event.

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