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Alpha Boys' Home gets big boost from PUMA-Fortis 5Komorrow

Published:Saturday | July 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Dave Myrie (left), principal of Kingston College, hands over proceeds from the PUMA-Fortis 5K Run to Pauletta Jones (centre), administrator, Alpha Boys' Home, while Rick Case, project manager, PUMA-Fortis 5K Run, looks on. - Photo contributed by Dwayne Richards

The Alpha Boys' Home, the major charity of the PUMA-Fortis 5K Run, received a huge boost when they were presented with a cheque for $135,000 at Kingston College (KC). The donation represented 10 per cent of the proceeds the school gained from the second staging of its 5K road race, which was held in May.

The race had just over 1,100 participants this year, approximately 200 more than the first staging in 2013. The proceeds of the race are used primarily for the welfare, educational and sports development programmes at KC.

The home received $60,000 last year, which was five per cent of the earnings from the inaugural staging, but a decision was made by the school to double the percentage in 2014. This, along with the increase in the number of participants, led to the sizeable donation, which represents more than a 100 per cent increase on the contribution year over year.

"I am pleased to see Jamaicans embracing a healthy sporting lifestyle that contributes to worthy causes such as this. It is a win-win for the individual and the cause," said Rick Case, a former head boy at the school and project manager for the PUMA/Fortis 5K.

"We at Kingston College are about our community and have seen the need at Alpha Boys' School, so we have responded this way. We would have loved to give more and we know that will come in time as the event grows," he concluded.

A beaming Pauletta Jones, administrator at Alpha Boys Home, said they are surprised by the amount, but happy for the donation.

"It is an overwhelming amount for which we are very happy. It will be put to good use," said Jones.

"We haven't identified a specific project yet. There are so many things that need to be done, so we will have to decide based on project priority. Last year's contribution was used to repair musical instruments at the institution," she further disclosed.

"The amount has caught us by pleasant surprise and we can't say thank you enough to this beloved institution," she added.