Inaugral civil service week 5k raised funds for charity

Saturday, December 08, 2018

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A strong contingent of civil servants, their family, friends and general supporters gathered at Emancipation Park last month to help raise funds for Sophie's Place and St Anthony's Children's Home.

According to reigning LASCO/Nurses' Association of Jamaica Nurse of the Year Denese Dacres-Reeves it was great to see civil servants rally around a great cause.

“Being a civil servant, there is an almost natural readiness and willingness to serve, and to do so selflessly. And I believe this race provided a new format in which we could contribute to our nation and especially those in need.

“I salute all civil servants across Jamaica for their sterling work and all the persons who participated in the run/walk. Jamaica is a place where love and care is evident as was displayed...”

Top male performer for the 5K run Kemar Leslie of Rainforest Seafoods, who finished in 17 minutes and 14 seconds, pushed beyond his limits to come out and give his support.

“I came into the race a bit tired because I am preparing for Reggae Marathon, so I'm doing a lot of mileage. My body was a bit tired, but I am OK with the run today,” he said. “I came out today to support civil servants. Our company always supports causes like these and our leader, Allison Sutherland, ensures that we come out and support initiatives such as these.”

Kosiani Dunkley from the Tax Administration office took second place in 17.19 minutes, and Gerold Palmer claimed third place in a time of 19 minutes.

Chaniel Campbell of the Mavis Bank Track took first place for the women's category in the 5K run with a time of 22.17 minutes, while Crystal Coke of Team DPP placed second in 24.25 minutes and third-place finisher Karlene Blagrove stopped the clock at 24.42 minutes.

Winners of the 5K walk category were Lenworth Hunter and Anna-Kay Swaby with finishing times of 29.05 and 32.35 minutes, respectively.

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke also showed up in support of the 5K initiative.

“I came out to support the run because I believe that a healthy civil service is a strong and efficient civil service. I want to give my support to any activity that promotes a healthy lifestyle among the Jamaican population, especially members of the civil service,” noted Clarke.

“It's nice to vary the routes so that the races are not monotonous and repetitive, so this for me was a challenging route with the hills first. The route led to great separation over the hills. The home stretch was inclined in the right direction. It's always good to sail home,” shared Clarke.

The day's event concluded with Rainforest Seafoods copping the award Champion Run Team, while Team DPP kept pace to take the award for Champion Walk Team.

Race director at Running Events Jamaica Limited Alfred “Frano” Francis looks forward to the continuous growth of the event. Civil servants, he noted, are the pillars of nation and they should be exemplary in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

“The execution of the race was fabulous. We were hoping that we could have gotten more of the civil servants out. There are more civil servants to be embraced and brought into the fold of the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, and I think that this body should be an exemplary one where the whole Jamaica Moves concept and the fight against non-communicable challenges are concerned,” he concluded.

Top civil servants, LASCO Top Cop Constable Davian Martin and LASCO/Ministry of Education Youth and Information Principal of the Year Howard Salmon also took to the course to show support, while Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton and Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Fayval Williams officially opened the proceedings before joining the 5K runners.

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