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Five charities receive $610,000 each from Kingston City Run road races

BY GERALD REID
Observer writer

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Five charities were each presented with a sum of $610,000 by the Kingston City Run organisers from the proceeds of the sixth staging of the road races in March.
The presentation of the cheques to the five charities was made by Nicola Madden-Greig, co-chair and co-founder of the Kingston City Run Organising Committee, and president of the Jamaica Hotel Tourist Association (JHTA), and Christopher Jarrett, co-chair of the Kingston City Run Organising Committee/JHTA Kingston Chapter chairman, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday.
The charities, who have been receiving the assistance from the Kingston City Run since its inception in 2013, were the Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys' School), Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Food For The Poor, Missionaries of the Poor, and the Open Arms Development Centre.
 Maurice Bryan, sales manager for the Courtleigh Hotel, said the Kingston City Run has so far donated some $15 million over the six years of the event to assist these charities.   
“Over 5,000 people participated in the three events, the half marathon, 10K and 5K on March 18; and it was very successful, as the more it grows every year, Kingston City Run will be able to contribute more to the charities,” Bryan said.
He said next year will be much bigger and better with many participants from all over the world gracing the city of Kingston events.
Meanwhile, Madden-Greig said she was delighted to announce the seventh staging of the Kingston City Run.
“It is fitting that we are here today on World Obesity Day, and even more fitting that the previous Day was World Mental Health day. Kingston City Run has and will continue to focus the proceeds of this event towards supporting the homeless and vulnerable through partner charities,” Madden-Greig said.
“This is a cause that continues to receive little attention and the event will focus on raising awareness, engaging our participants to donate to these charities and provide a platform for assistance with rehabilitation efforts,” she added.
According to her, there are several reasons that contribute to individuals becoming homeless, and these include, but are not limited to, economic challenges, crime and violence, other health issues, family challenges, eviction, drug abuse, general poverty, and unemployment.
She said another major contributor is mental health issues, and this year they plan to also channel funds specifically towards mental health.
Joshua Chamberlain, general manager of Alpha Boys' School Radio Station, on behalf of the charities thanked the Kingston City Run sponsors and the general public who participated in the event.