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Senior executives to participate in GraceKennedy 5K

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 4:19 PM

As GraceKennedy gets ready for the seventh annual GraceKennedy Education 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for education of inner-city youth, several senior executives from Corporate Jamaica will be supporting the cause on Sunday, July 12.

A special cycling initiative has been added to this year's event in association with the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. Among the participants are Chris Barnes, managing director of The Gleaner Company Limited, and Dennis Chung, who heads the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. Several other CEOs will also walk, ride, or run to support this annual GraceKennedy initiative.

A first-time participant, Barnes said he decided to register after attending the launch held on June 9 and learning about the 28K cycling component. He is preparing for the event by riding as often as possible and is looking forward to the exercise and camaraderie.

Barnes is encouraging others to participate as this helps in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and in so doing, given who will benefit, will result in win-win for all. The Gleaner has been a silver sponsor of the GraceKennedy Run since its inception.

Although Chung is a first-time participant in the GraceKennedy 5K, he has been cycling for the last three and a half years. He started off riding mountain bikes and ultimately found his comfort with the road bike.

Courtney Campbell, CEO of GraceKennedy's First Global Bank, will be running.

"I joined GraceKennedy in 2008, so I participated in the first GK Education Run in July 2009 as I was sold on the concept. I have participated every year since then because of the purpose of the event - the funds raised are donated towards developing young people through education. It's really great that GraceKennedy has taken this on and I want to be a part of this noble venture."

Campbell is encouraging everyone to participate in the run/walk. First Global Bank has sponsored the event and will also be sending a strong contingent to show its support on race day.