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St Simon's Basic, homeless to benefit from St Luke's 5K

Published:Thursday | September 4, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer

Needy children who attend the St Simon's Basic School, as well as more than 300 homeless people are among the beneficiaries to gain from St Luke's Anglican Church's charitable event, which seeks to raise much needed funds from their rescheduled 'Run for the Son' 5K Road Race set for this weekend.

Patrick Cunningham, rector of the church, located in Cross Roads, is urging the public to come out and lend support to a life-touching cause.

"Our St Simon's Basic School is in need of funds. We host weekly feeding programmes for more than 300 street people, as well as an annual health fair, so we hope the public will assist. The children also seek assistance with preparations for the new school term," Cunningham underlined.

He added that the run is staged against the backdrop of a harsh economy and unbearable pressures faced by the less fortunate/homeless, who struggle to survive.

Persistent rains

The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, due to persistent rains across the Corporate Area last week. The organisers are urging the public to register at www.ondirun.com.jm or call its church office at 926-6516, or visit the Slipe Road location.

The event will begin 6:30 a.m. on Slipe Road, beside Carib cineplex, then head to Heroes Circle and on to Marescaux Road, then Tom Redcam Drive, on to Old Hope Road, before climaxing outside the church's main gate on Slipe Road in Cross Roads.

Communications director for the event, Alison Binger, is urging the public to support a most worthy cause.

"We are only asking for $1,000 from adults and a minimal $500 participatory fee from kids. There is a struggle to keep St Simon's open, so we ask people with a passion for serving God, children, the homeless, those who are athletically inclined to please assist us," Binger pleaded.

"They can even pay to help push a friend in a wheelchair or for a friend or relative to participate for them. Hundreds of lives depend on the success of this fundraising event," added Binger.