Events Options vows to make 3K better
Company puts on fundraiser for Salvation Army School for the Blind
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
Over 200 participants turned out to run, walk and support Events Options' inaugural Corporate 3K Relay and Lapathon at the University of the West Indies' Mona Bowl Sunday, leaving organiser Myrtle Barton hopeful about future fundraising efforts to support the Salvation Army School for the Blind.
Barton said she was happy with the corporate support, but slightly disappointed with the turnout.
"We were hoping for at least four to 500 people, but it's a first event, so we will be assessing the results and working hard to make it better next time," she said.
She added that a few persons indicated that they were happy to have participated in an event that would assist the students at The Salvation Army School for the Blind and would definitely attend the next event.
"We didn't get the kind of support we were expecting, but we felt accomplished to have put on the first 3K event in Jamaica," noted Barton.
Events Options is a local business enterprise, which was hoping to raise much-needed funds to help refurbish The Salvation Army's School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's derelict library.
Proud First-Time Winner
Participant Charmaine Hylton was a proud first-time winner in the women's lapathon, while second went to Rosemarie Grant and Reyona Morrison was third.
Hylton, who is over 40 years old, was pleased with her effort.
"I am just happy to have won my first medal in any event and participate in a worthy cause," she outlined.
Meanwhile, other winners yesterday included Leonardo Shakespeare, who won the male segment lapathon, while second went to Laban Blake, while Clinton Sawyer finished third.
The Church of God International of Kingston won the corporate relay with a time of 10:51 seconds, while Police Cooperative Credit Union finished second in 11:35 seconds. Body Kurt claimed third at a close 11:41 seconds.
Members of the Church of God team said they were happy to have participated.
Body Kurt fielded over 30 participants, which included lapathon winner Hylton.
Students from The Salvation Army School for the Blind performed songs, danced and were also awarded with gift vouchers, medals and other prizes.