CUMI Come Run needs your support - Tufton

August 18, 2018
Health minister Dr Chris Tufton crosses the finish line with a fellow participant at the FLOW/PUMA Fortis 5K race held in September 2017.

Health Minister, Christopher Tufton, joined hands with the annual CUMI (Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill) Come Run 10 and 5K Run/Walk organisers as they plead to the public for support, at the launch on Tuesday at the Montego Bay Yacht Club.

For the past 27 years, CUMI has been responding and providing a safe haven for the mentally ill and homeless in western Jamaica and surrounding areas.

This year's 10th annual 5K Run/Walk and10K Run that will be held on September 22 at the Tryall Club in Hanover starting at 6:30 a.m., aim to raise $8 million by targeting over a thousand participants. They had 986 participants last year.

"This 10th edition of the CUMI Run serves so many different objectives of health and wellness that I think is an important occasion. So I'm urging everyone to give as much support as you can to the 5 and 10 K run/walk because it is a worthy cause," said Tufton.

"Generally, and more importantly, is for us to recognise that we have so much work to do as it relates to the mentally challenged in our society, starting with a recognition by all, through public education that this is an issue that's not going away and must deal with it as part of breaking down the stigma," he added.

Trina Delisser, chairman of CUMI, pointed out the importance of the run that serves as the main source of funding for the venture that cost nearly half a million to run per month.

"For the past 10 years, CUMI Come Run has been providing the lifeline funding necessary for these services to reach and benefit the needs of all those that it does because there is no good health without good mental health," said Delisser.

Without CUMI Come Run and fun day the annual fund-raising services would fall short of the demands that are put on CUMI, especially to homeless mentally-ill persons that would suffer," she added.

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