KINGSTON:The LIME Foundation has launched its inaugural 6K, dubbed "Run For The Children", set to take place in the 'Sunshine City' of Portmore on January 5, 2014.
Under the patronage of Lady Patricia Allen, proceeds from the road race will go towards setting up a fund to purchase a Fluoroscope for the Bustamante Children's Hospital.
The machine is used for the investigation of signs and symptoms in internal organs, enabling doctors to make a diagnosis of disease or other conditions, including kidney (renal) disease.
According to Errol Miller, chairman of the foundation, the decision to stage the event came out of an increase in requests made to the LIME Foundation for assistance to children suffering from various ailments.
"The LIME Foundation has an overall mandate to help improve the lives of youth in Jamaica and we are very aware that lack of access to health care and life-saving treatment is a major issue facing one of the most vulnerable groups in our society; our children," Miller highlighted.
"Through this initiative, we will be seeking to make a meaningful contribution by beginning the drive to raise funds for the purchase of the fluoroscopy machine that will help make a significant difference in the lives of children who might be at risk of developing kidney disease."
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There is no functioning machine of its kind currently in the public health-care system.
The Fluoroscope facilitates early detection and diagnosis of renal disease and helps prompt early management of the condition, which can minimise the risk of chronic renal failure and the need for dialysis.
The LIME Foundation is appealing to corporate Jamaica, schools, athletic bodies and members of the Portmore community to support the effort.
Online registration is being offered at www.runningeventsja.com and at LIME retail stores on Half-Way Tree Road, Knutsford Boulevard and in the Portmore Mall. The contribution for individuals is $1,000, while teams with 50 or more persons will pay $900 per person. Students will be accommodated at $200 each.
Miller, noting that the 6K is a little longer than the conventional 5Ks, explained that the "extra 'K' is for the kids".
The event will also feature a 2K bicycle race for children, with the specific intention to help engender - from an early age - a culture of social responsibility; while also encouraging physical activity and the development of an active, healthy lifestyle.
A number of corporate companies have also joined hands with LIME to help make the event possible. They include: Gatorade, the official hydration sponsors, Advertising & Marketing Ltd., Advantage General, C&WJ Cooperative Credit Union, Guardian Life Limited, Jamaica Public Service, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited, Petrojam Limited, Scotiabank Foundation, Ken's Wildflower - Portmore, Caribbean Airlines, Prime Asset Management, the Jamaica Observer, TVJ, and IRIE FM.