Mandeville Regional Hospital seeks improved benefits from High Mountain 10K
The Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH), the renal unit in particular, will again be the main beneficiary of proceeds from the 33rd staging of the High Mountain Coffee 10K Road Race, set for Frankfield, bordering Manchester and Clarendon, on January 31.
The announcement for this year's event was made during a press conference at the MRH yesterday.
Hospital CEO Alwyn Miller noted that the renal clinic has benefited greatly from the road race proceeds over the last four years, with over $600,000 being contributed last year. This year's target, he said, is at least $1 million. In addition, part proceeds will be used for kidney disease education.
"Since its inception, the renal clinic has grown from 200 to over 521 patients, with over 150 diagnosed with renal disease and we are able to dialysis a third of that. So the funds are used to gather supplies or pieces of equipment, and part of our plans in the near future is to change out some of those machines to newer models," he said.
"This (High Mountain 10K) is one of the premier sporting and community events across Jamaica and it has even captured the attention of international participants. The Ministry of Health and the Southern Regional Health Authority are most appreciative that the High Mountain Coffee road race promotes health and wellness," Miller told the gathering.
The day's activities will include a 5K Walk, 5K Run, wheelchair race, which begins at 2 p.m., followed by the main event, the 10K race, which starts at 3:30 p.m.
This year's 5K team winners will be afforded a cash prize as a means of encouraging more participation from school teams. There will also be a recovery zone after the race where runners can get heart check-ups from the Red Cross and massage from G.C. Foster College students.
The defending men's champion, Andrew Broduer of Finland, will be back to defend his title, but last year's female champion, Danielle Tauro, will be absent. However, another massive turnout is anticipated.
Keenan Henry, regional marketing manager for sponsors Lucozade, says his first experience with the event last year showed how important the High Mountain 10K is to the community and traditional participants.
"When you are out there on a regional level, you really don't get an appreciation for these community-type events and how they really get involved. But we were very fortunate to be there last year to really see the impact that this type of event means to the community and it's something that I have really developed an appreciation for ... and we expect another well-organised event," he said.