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Spencer, Day support CDA 5K Run/Walk and Push Kart Derby

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
MVP track club's Christine Day (right) proudly displays the Child Development Agency 5K Run/Walk and Push Kart Derby flier with teammate Kaliese Spencer as both endorse the event at a ceremony held at Jamaica Christian Boys' Home on Trafalgar Road in Kingston recently.-Contributed

KINGSTON:Commonwealth Games 400-metre hurdles champion and Diamond League winner Kaliese Spencer and her MVP track club teammate and Continental Cup gold medallist Christine Day, have endorsed the Child Development Agency's (CDA) Fit for Children 5K Run/Walk and Push Kart Derby, which takes place tomorrow, beginning on Knutsford Boulevard at 6:30 a.m.

The event is being staged to raise funds for constructing Jamaica's first residential therapeutic centre for children suffering from emotional trauma due to abuse.

"I am very happy to be endorsing this event that the CDA is staging, considering that it is in aid of children. I love kids, so whatever I can do to assist in improving their lives, I am very enthused," said Spencer at a recent ceremony at the Jamaica Christian Boys' Home on Trafalgar Road in Kingston.

Day, a 4x400m Continental Cup gold medallist, encouraged everyone to sign up, noting that the run/walk is a worthy cause.

"Children are our future, so anything that has to do with kids, I am very eager and elated to be involved and will give support in whatever way I can," said Day.

Chairman of the CDA's 10th anniversary committee, Michelle McIntosh, said that the agency is pleased to have the athletes on board for the event, which is part of activities to mark its 10th anniversary, being held under the theme 'Protecting Children, Transforming Lives, Securing Children'.

"We are very happy to have them endorsing the event because it is a clear indication that persons such as these track stars believe in the vision of building the therapeutic centre for children in state care who have been traumatised by abuse.

"We hope that the athletes will continue to work with us on this and other projects in support of the fight against child abuse," McIntosh added.

For details on how to sign up, persons are encouraged to visit, or email, or call 874-2705/849-1080.