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The Gleaner's MD proud of 5K team

Published:Sunday | September 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM

MANAGING Director of The Gleaner Company, Chris-topher Barnes, was an extre-mely proud and happy man yesterday morning after witnessing the successful staging of The Gleaner 180 5K Run/Walk, which attracted more than 2,000 participants.

The event was held in commemoration of the media house's 180th anniversary, with proceeds going to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Physiotherapy Department and the Peace and Love in Society (PALS) ser-vice organisation.

"First of all, I am very proud of my team which put the whole thing together as this was the first 5K to be put on by the company and it has been so well supported," said Barnes.

"I think this had to do with the fact that The Gleaner has a brand and the company being 180 years old is something Jamaica is celebrating and we couldn't have thought of a better way of celebrating," he added.

"This is a good cause as this is to support the University Hospital's physiotherapy department and PALS (Peace and Love in Society) and the UWI physiotherapy is dear to the heart of our race director, Alfred 'Franno' Francis, who nearly passed away and he is in great health now," Barnes outlined.

"PALS is an organisation which goes into communities, much like the ones that wrap around The Gleaner Company, and teaches conflict resolution and certainly Jamaica's deve-lopment depends on that."

win-win all around

Barnes thanked the large number of persons who got up early to come and participate in the event, which started at 6:30 a.m.

"When you have so many people getting up that early in the morning to compete, it is not that easy and it goes to show that people are taking their health very seriously and The Gleaner Company is very serious in this aspect. It is a win-win all around," he said.

When asked if it will be staged next year, Barnes replied: "When a team does something so well as they have done they will tell you that they are not going to do it again. But after the accolades rain down on them they will be boosted to make it bigger and better next year."