In Your Neighbourhood
Health minister opens registration for GraceKennedy Education 5K
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton registered for the 9th annual GraceKennedy Education 5K Run/Walk at the Loshushan Barbican Plaza on Thursday.
In endorsing what he describes as one of the many worthy causes that GraceKennedy undertakes, he pointed out that the benefits of the July 9 fundraising event were threefold.
"For one, it encourages more citizens to engage in physical activity to prevent non-communicable and lifestyle diseases. Second, it is a most worthy cause which empowers our youths through education. Third, it increases activity in the heart of the city. I wholeheartedly support and endorse this run and encourage all Jamaicans to come out in your numbers on July 9 in downtown Kingston," Minister Tufton said.
All proceeds from the largest fundraiser undertaken by the company to support its charitable arm, the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation, goes towards the ever-increasing demand for education interventions and community development programmes.
With a $10-million target, the popular event caters to runners, walkers, cyclists and wheelchair participants. The race director is Alfred 'Frano' Francis.
The exciting event will also see teams of cyclists participating in the 28K race riding to the Norman Manley International Airport roundabout and back. Other attractions include a boat race on the Kingston Harbour and vendors setting up a Coronation-style market for patrons to purchase produce after the event.
For further information on the GK Education 5K Run/Walk/28K Cycle Race, log on to the website at www.gracekennedy.com or call 932-3300/3335.
Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre to host 5K Run/Walk/Ride
The Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre (SJGRC) will be hosting its second annual 5K Run/Walk/Ride event on May 27 starting at 6 a.m. The proceeds are in aid of spinal cord treatment at the hospital.
SJGRC is one of five specialist hospitals that fall under the responsibility of the South East Regional Health Authority. The hospital offers nursing, medical, physiotherapy, social work, dietetics, counselling psychology and psychiatric services. It has a capacity for over 75 inpatients including children. Patients include persons with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, congenital defects and other neurological conditions, as well as orthopaedic conditions (primarily lower limb amputations).
Eradication on top
Eradication maintained their lead atop the standings of the City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-Portmore/St Catherine Domino League following their 300-284 win over Naggo Head in last week's 17th round of matches. Eradication have progressed to 60 points from 17 games. They are followed by Links United, 58 from 16 games; Waterhouse United also have 58 (17 matches); Spring Village 54 (17 matches); Fort International 54 (17 matches); Correctional Services 51 (17 matches); Right Stuff 50 (17 matches) and Masterpiece 45 (17 matches), round off the top eight. In other games, Masterpiece beat Ken's Wildflower 300-254; Waterhouse shocked Fort Intl 300-249; Correctional Services outlast Frasziers Whip 300-294; Spring Village defeated Soursop Tree 300-264; while Mechanical Strikers and Passagefort United match ended prematurely 264-249 and a decision is pending. The competition continues tomorrow with a full set of matches.
All set for Guardian Group 5K night runs
The Guardian Group Foundation 'Keep It Alive' 5K night runs will take place in two cities, Kingston and Montego Bay, this year. The Kingston leg will run off at 7 p.m. in New Kingston on Saturday, May 27, and a week later for those in the west, at the Fairview Shopping Centre in Montego Bay.
Registration is now open at all Guardian Group offices islandwide at $1,200 per individual and $1,000 per person for groups of five or more. Runners may register online at www.keepitalive5k.com.
St Hugh's Past Students Charity Golf
The St Hugh's Past Students Association 'Tee Off With The Swans' Charity Golf Tournament will be held on May 27 at the Constant Sprint Golf and Country Club. Entrance fee is $4,000. The tournament is an 18-hole stableford competition and is open to men, men's seniors and super seniors, women and juniors (11-17-year-olds). Tournament director is David Mais.