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Food for the Poor launches 5K Run-Walk

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Charity organisation Food For The Poor (FFP) launched its fifth 5K Walk-Run at the Spanish Court Hotel yesterday.

The run is expected to be held on Sunday, May 19.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton commended the organisation for its years of philanthropic work in Jamaica and the continuous assistance that it gives to persons in need.

“Food For The Poor represents so much that should be admired within the society and indeed as part of humanity. Their work deserves recognition,” said Tufton.

He continued: “Food For The Poor can be declared undisputedly as one of the significant partners of public health in Jamaica, and I want to share my gratitude for their efforts over the years.”

Chairman of Food For The Poor Jamaica Andrew Mahfood said he got goosebumps just thinking about the work that his organisation has done over the years.

“Food For The Poor, over its 35-year history in Jamaica, has built over 25,000 housing units, which gives me goosebumps when I think about it and the homes we have built for the less fortunate in Jamaica,” he explained.

“I have to thank our donors from overseas, in Canada, America, Europe, and especially Jamaica, because without them there would be no Food For The Poor. It just shows the kind-heartedness of many people around the world,” added Mahfood.

“Over 500 lives have been improved; this would not have been possible without the Food For The Poor team members and donors from across the world, who have been on-board to positively impact the lives of persons in need. Ultimately, there have been over 40 sponsors who assist in making this a reality, with main sponsors such as Wisynco, National, Rainforest Foods, Ambulance, Emancipation Park, St John Ambulance and Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation,” stated Mahfood.

This year, Stacey Halshall-Peart, chief operating officer of Advanced Integrated Systems Limited (AIS), for her dedication to humanitarianism, has been named run ambassador for the Food For The Poor Run.

“The perfect choice and person to represent us,” said Mahfood.

“She has been a key participant and also a loyal supporter of Paphos Running Club for the Food For The Poor 5K Walk-Run initiative,” he added.

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