More homes for the needy

May 15, 2017
Chris-Ann Lewis (centre), female winner of Food For The Poor Jamaica's third annual 5K Run/Walk, shares a moment with Juliet Dinal (left) and Llori Sharpe, second and third place female winners.

Forty poverty-stricken families will have the comfort of new two-bedroom houses from Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica later this year, thanks to donations committed thus far by individuals, companies and others during the charity organisation's third annual 5K Run/Walk held on Saturday in Kingston.

At the run/walk event, Andrew Mahfood, Chairman of FFP Jamaica, announced that the charity intends tn construct 100 houses from the event and they are grateful for the 40 houses already committed.

"When you hear us say that we want to build 100 homes, that's just a drop in the bucket. We need to build 10,000 houses, because there are tens of thousands of Jamaicans who we have seen and are now on our waiting list who are desperately in need of houses," Mahfood said.

Approximately, $46.5 million was raised from the first 5K Run/Walk in 2015 and $53 million in 2016 with over 100 houses built.

 

GOOD SUPPORT SYSTEM

 

"Food For The Poor Jamaica is extremely grateful for the support received. No charity can survive without the support system of their nation. We are happy that individuals, the private-and public-sector, groups from all 14 parishes across, members of our diaspora and people living outside of Jamaica, decided to support us through contributions, pledges and donations through the Internet," Mahfood said.

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