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Food for the Poor 5K reaps rich dividends

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 5:00 AM
Walkers of Food For The Poor’s 5K Run/Walk setting off for the race at Emancipation Park.

KINGSTON:

Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica raised more than $46.5 million from race registrations, local and overseas donations, and pledges by donors, from their inaugural 5K Run/Walk earlier this month.

The charity organisation made this announcement at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica, at the end of the 5K Run/Walk.

According to Andrew Mahfood, chairman, FFP Jamaica, his charity organisation is humbled by the outpouring of donations, sponsorships and the real feeling of love that was shown by the participants at the first staging of the 5K, which was held under the theme 'Changing Lives - Restoring Families'.

"With the help of corporate Jamaica, individual Jamaican donors, Food For The Poor Florida and our donors overseas, we have been able to surpass the amount we expected to raise. This is an objective we are extremely grateful to have been able to achieve that will benefit Jamaica, and we are excited to be able to provide 56 new homes for Jamaican families," Mahfood said.

registration for houses

Approximately 6,000 persons have been registered for houses on FFP Jamaica's waiting list and David Mair, executive director, FFP Jamaica, thanks everyone who contributed to the event that took place just over one week ago.

"We were very pleased with the support. We were overwhelmed with happiness. We now look forward towards making this an annual event for Jamaica," said Mair.

He added: "We want to thank the sponsors, donors and participants, because from their support we will be able to build approximately 56 houses for Jamaicans who are in dire need of houses."

He emphasised that of the $46.5 million, approximately $25.7 million was donated by local sponsors and corporate Jamaica, and $20.6 million from Food For The Poor Florida, which promised to match the funds raised from the FFP Jamaica 5K Run/Walk.

The winners for the 5K included Shane Buchanan, first-place male runner; Karlene Blagrove, first-place female runner; Paula Sinclair, first-place female walker; and Ludlow Henry, first-place male walker.

The sponsors of the 5K included European Union, Courts Jamaica, Rainforest Seafoods, Wisynco, The Gleaner, Jamaica Observer, Best Dressed Chicken, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited, RJR Group, Digicel, Jamaica Broilers, The Grand Prix, National Commercial Bank and Jamaica Producers.