Houses to be built from Food for the Poor 5k earnings

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April 06, 2016
@Normal:David Mair, executive director of Food For The Poor.

Thousands of Jamaicans will receive support this year when Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica hosts its second annual 5K Run/Walk, May 7, to raise funds for the construction of houses for indigent families in Jamaica.

The official launch of this event will take place on April 5 at Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.

Speaking at the event's launch yesterday at Spanish Court Hotel, FFP Jamaica executive director, David Mair, said the organisation raised approximately $46.5 million from the first staging of the event in 2015 and is hoping to surpass that amount for 2016.

"We're proud to announce that 64 houses were constructed for poverty-stricken families across the island from the funds raised. However, 842 houses were constructed in 2015 by FFP, overall. This is a major accomplishment for our charity group in its 34th year of existence," Mair said, adding that it hopes to build at least 100 houses this year.

Marsha Burrell, development and marketing manager, FFP Jamaica, said the route for this year's 5K remains the same as 2015's route, starting at Emancipation Park in New Kingston.

Persons wishing to participate by registering at http://www.runningeventsja.com/foodforthepoor.

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