Kiwanis walks for fathers with courage
WESTERN BUREAU:Over 200 walkers and runners turned out for the first Kiwanis Club Division 25 of Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District 5K Walk last Saturday, as the service club embarked on its divisional project.
Led by Lieutenant Governor Ann-Marie Cadogan, the walk came days after the annual Father's Day celebration, and was used as encouragement to fathers to play a meaningful role in their children's lives, as well as to inculcate in participants a healthy lifestyle.
"It was a very successful walk; one in which we all had fun while raising funds for the needy. Indeed, I am pleased," said Cadogan.
Participants included 10 clubs of the Division: Kiwanis Clubs of Albert Town, New Falmouth, Montego Bay, Montego Freeport, Providence, Anchovy/Cambridge, Hopewell, Hanover/Lucea, Westmoreland Capital and Santa Cruz.
"Under the patronage of Wellesley Bolt, father of Usain Bolt, the effort is to raise funds for this year's divisional project, which is to assist a courageous father who is facing challenges taking care of his child/children," Cadogan said.
The walk took participants from Mega Mart through Catherine Hall, towards Pye River Cemetery, west on Alice Eldemire Drive towards Montego Freeport to the round-about at Secrets Resort and back through the south gate of Mega Mart.
The event was launched at the Kiwanis Club of Montego Freeport on Tuesday, June 10 where the elder Bolt, although physically absent, sent his endorsement and blessings for the cause.
Cadogan said the effort is also to make the Kiwanis club more visible in the communities, promoting healthy lifestyle, encouraging fathers and, in the meantime, touching lives.
A number of corporate teams participated, including a five-member team from The Gleaner Western Bureau.
Proceeds will go to a needy child to be identified in a community. Cadogan said she is determined to see to it that it becomes an annual charity event.