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$15m target for CB Group UWI 5K, Smart Eggs K

Published:Thursday | September 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Organisers of third annual staging of the CB Group UWI 5K Run/Walk and Smart Eggs K are aiming to raise $15 million from this year's staging, which will be held at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track on November 16, under the patronage of Douglas Orane and Howard Mitchell.

The organisers are seeking to double the number of registrations in a bid to raise money to fund scholarships and purchase equipment for the University Hospital of the West Indies' dialysis unit.

Over 3,000 registered participants took part in last year's event, which raised $10 million for a total of $28 million over a two-year period, making it the most successful 5K in Jamaica based on ratio of participants to funds raised.

Professor Archibald McDonald, pro vice-chancellor and principal of UWI Mona, is urging support for the event.

"The Caribbean has the highest rate of amputees due to diabetes, which is a lifestyle disease," noted McDonald.

"We need to be proactive in warding off this disease by inculcating in our youth the need for a healthy lifestyle through nutritional diet and exercise," McDonald added.

The event will, once again, be managed by Running Events Limited and will feature accurate chip-timing for both adults and kids aged 4-11.

contribution to sports

Olympians Warren Weir and Hansle Parchment will run/walk with the kids for the first-ever official chip-timed Kids K.

Alfred 'Franno' Francis, managing director, Running Events Limited, will be honoured at this year's event in recognition of his significant contribution to sports in Jamaica, as well as to health and well-being of the society through numerous road races and charity events.

Mathew Lyn, chief operating officer of CB Group, issued an invitation to adult participants to sponsor a child in the amount of $500 from one of the UWI community school such as August Town Primary, Hope Valley or Mona Primary, to participate in the event.