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Inaugural staging of 'My Father, My Son' walk/run set for June 17

No females can participate in first run

BY HORACE HINES
Observer West reporter

Thursday, June 07, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Ironshore Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Kiwanis Club of Montego Freeport are partnering to stage a run/walk dubbed 'My Father, My Son' on Father's Day — Sunday, June 17.

The initiative, the brainchild of Harnel Taylor of the Ironshore Seventh-day Adventist Church, seeks to bolster the relationship between fathers and sons, “which is not at the level of where it ought to be”.

“The whole concept came up just by finding another way how the church could help to make their contribution to not just bond with the youth, but also reach the young men who we know are marginalised and, unfortunately, are feeling like they are being pushed aside. Out of the brainstorming came the idea of 'My Father, My Son,” Taylor explained.

“We selected Father's Day because we believe that's the best day to carry the message to highlight fathers.”

Wayne Cameron of the Kiwanis Club of Montego Freeport concurred.

“We still think there is a place for men as role models…the initiative fits perfectly with our (Kiwanis Club of Montego Freeport) mandate. We pride ourselves as models, as men who are standing up against the odds, providing leadership, guidance and support to boys,” Cameron emphasised.

Under the initiative, fathers will accompany their sons, not necessarily biological, during the walk/run.

Speaking at the press launch for 'My Father, My Son' at the Whitter Village in Ironshore recently, Taylor outlined that there will be three separate run/walks — all starting out from Whitter Village at 6:00 am sharp. The first one, which is a 3K, will culminate at the traffic lights at Providence; the 5K ends at the traffic lights at Flanker; while the 10K goes to the Sangster International Airport and back to the starting point.

He noted that no female participants will be allowed in the inaugural run/ walk, but that the members of the 'fairer sex' will be allowed to sponsor participants.

Entry fee is $1,000 for fathers and $500 for sons.

Proceeds for the event will go towards a mentorship programme for youths in St James.

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