Glen Mills on board for Swallowfield Oasis 5K
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
The Swallowfield Transformational Oasis, operated by the Swallowfield Chapel, located at 5 Swallowfield Road, Kingston 5, will be looking to donate proceeds raised from its inaugural 5K Run/Walk to community development projects in the communities of Swallowfield and Nannyville.
Legendary coach Glen Mills, who attends the Swallowfield Chapel, told The Gleaner at Wednesday's launch that he hopes the event will be boosted by his endorsement. "I attend church here and sit on the organising committee. We aim to raise much-needed funds. I hope Usain (Bolt) and Yohan (Blake) will help start the race or at least play some role on the day."
Mills, who coaches both world-class athletes, underlined that youngsters and the community need support.
The event is scheduled for Saturday October 18, beginning 6:30 a.m. Parking will be available at the National Stadium parking lot. The race will begin at the Stadium gate, then on to Arthur Wint Drive and Mountain View Avenue, moving on to Seaview Avenue, then on to Lady Musgrave Road. It will then go left on to Old Hope Road, then to Tom Redcam Avenue, before heading back to Arthur Wint Drive, North Avenue and on to Swallowfield Road, climaxing at 9 Swallowfield Road.
The organisers have urged participants to sign up early at a price of $ 1,000 for individuals and groups. Registration deadline is October 13, and can be done online at swallowfieldchapel.org. Application forms will be available in select churches across the corporate area.
Participants will be awarded prizes for the oldest walker/runner, over 30-49 age group and kids 12 years and under categories. Event sponsors include Jamaica Producers, Best Dressed Chicken, HyLite and Wata. The People's National Party councillor for the Trafalgar Division, Kari Douglas, applauded the project. "I commend this wonderful initiative. I implore the community to get involved and lead their social transformation," she outlined. Swallowfield's pastor, David Henry, stated that their transformational thrust will be life-changing.
"Our transformation is foundational and grounded in spiritua-lism, life skills and mediation. We implore sponsors to not only help change a place, but people's lives."
The event's director, former Olympian, Grace Jackson, is hoping that it will showcase the community's best.
"It will be a grand experience. We hope the entire community and others can feel inspired to walk with us and make it an event worth remembering," Jackson noted.