GraceKennedy Stages 7th Annual Education Run
Cycling will be a new feature of the seventh staging of the annual GraceKennedy (GK) Education Run, announced during a recent press briefing at the company's Harbour Street headquarters on Wednesday.
The GraceKennedy Education Run is the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation's main fundraising event, from which the proceeds go towards education initiatives of the foundation. The foundation currently assists just under 500 children from inner-city areas to access education at the secondary and tertiary levels.
According to general manager of the foundation, Tanketa Chance-Wilson, the fact that more students are doing better has put a strain on the foundation's resources.
"That is why the run is so important to us. This is our labour of love at GraceKennedy, and it is even more special because GraceKennedy staff contributions fund the foundation. So this is our baby. The company then matches our contribution two to one," she said.
"It is a 5K, and yes, they are small steps, but they make a big impact," said GraceKennedy Group Chief Executive Officer Don Wehby in his presentation. "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest," Wehby said quoting Benjamin Franklyn. "I love that quote, because as a business executive, I understand that the right investments with the right returns can make a significant change to a company or country. When it comes to education, the return on investment cannot be measured. It is priceless," he said.
READY FOR SUNDAY
The GraceKennedy Education 5K Walk/Run takes place on Sunday in downtown Kingston. Registration for the event is $1,000 per person, or $900 per person for groups over 50. There is also a discounted cost for anyone who registers at physical locations, if they carry a copy of that day's Gleaner to the point of payment. Those who wish to take part in the cycling portion of the event will pay $20,000 for a team of five individuals.
Other sponsors are the RJR Communications Group, The Gleaner Company, Grace Foods UK, Grace Food Processors Canning, Western Union, Bill Express, First Global Bank, Dairy Industries, Fidelity Motors, Toyota, Digicel, Hi-Lyte, Cycle City and Jamaica Producers. It is also supported by the UDC, KSAC, Bank of Jamaica and Jamaica Properties.