JN Foundation run/walk to benefit Trelawny Infirmary

September 01, 2017
Race Marshall Alfred Francis responds to a question from the audience at the JN Foundation Heroes in Action Run/ Walk launch held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Wednesday. Looking on are (from left) Saffrey Brown, general manager of the JN Foundation; Sports Minister Olivia Grange; and Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

This year's proceeds from the JN Foundation Heroes in Act!on Run/Walk will go towards upgrading the Trelawny Infirmary.

The infirmary, which currently houses 52 residents, operates under the purview of the Poor Relief Department of the local government ministry. The funding will ensure that the facility's occupants have access to the kind of environment that promotes physical and emotional well-being.

The run/walk will be held on Sunday, October 15, starting at 6:30 a.m. with a warm-up session at the Falmouth Pier.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said it is important that the Government backs an event such as the run/walk, which supports the overarching message of promoting physical activity among Jamaicans.

"The statistics are clear seven out of every 10 deaths in Jamaica are linked to lifestyle diseases such as arthritis, hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular disease all of which could be avoided or prevented or reduced, if Jamaicans engage in minimal physical activity and consume healthy meals," he said.

The Trelawny Infirmary caters for Falmouth's aged population and is the only free government facility of its kind in the parish. Most of the persons at the Infirmary are the elderly, with a few younger individuals who have a variety of mental health challenges.

He said he is also pleased that the infirmary will be the beneficiary of the proceeds, especially since the facility opened its doors to 30 patients who are social cases from the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James. These are persons with nowhere to go, who were residing at the hospital.

This is the third staging of the run/walk, which is also supported by the Usain Bolt Foundation. It will comprise a 4K Fun Run and a 10k Run, which starts and ends at the Falmouth Pier.

For more information on the routes and to register, persons can visit the JN Foundation website at www.jnfoundation.com, or the Running Events site at www.runningeventsja.com.

Participants can also register at any JN branch or MoneyShop islandwide. Registration closes at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11.

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