China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) has agreed to sponsor the Norman Manley International Airport's (NMIA) annual charity fund-raiser, the Palisadoes Walkathon, which takes place this Saturday, starting at 7 a.m.
The decision comes after CHEC's recent completion of the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Works and, according to the company, is in keeping with its "culture of corporate social responsibility".
CHEC noted that it would also host an outdoor barbecue at Island Fridays at the airport tomorrow from noon until 6 p.m., when registration formally closes.
"Companies and individuals alike are encouraged to register and participate in the walkathon at a cost of $1,000 per person, to either run or walk, for prizes ranging from airline tickets to gift baskets," CHEC said in a release.
RAISING FUNDS FOR CHARITY
The NMIA's Palisadoes Walkathon, which sees its ninth staging this year, is expected to bring attention and much-needed funds to the Kingston Public Hospital Cancer Unit.
The route starts out at the airport roundabout heading towards Harbour View on the newly completed highway and turns around at 2.5 kilometres to return to the airport roundabout.
The Palisadoes road leading from the NMIA into Kingston has had a history of repeated damage by hurricanes and tropical storms. The walkathon marks the end of the Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Works project that included the widening and raising of the road between the Harbour View roundabout and the airport. The work also involved rock revetment works and the building of a boardwalk.
Although the construction had not yet been completed, it stood up well when the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy battered the eastern and southern coasts of the island in October 2012.