Saturday, April 14, 2018

Running Events rallies Jamaicans for the Blind Community

Organizers of popular road races, Running Events Limited, will host the highly anticipated, family-oriented and fun-filled Everyone’s A Winner 5K & 10K on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Hope Gardens. Runners and fun lovers are invited to register for a day of competition and camaraderie as they seek to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB).

Alfred 'Frano' Francis, Director, Running Events Limited; Daemion McLean, Chairman, Jamaica Society for the Blind; Roy Thomas, Veteran Runner; Diane Ellis, Director, Running Events Limited; and Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton at the launch of the Running Events Everyone's A Winner 5K & 10K on Tuesday April 10, 2018 at the Jamaica Society for the Blind.
Individuals and teams can now register for the 5K & 10K by paying online at www.runningeventsja.com. Registration can also be done manually by submitting the completed entry forms and payment at Running Events Limited, 87-89 Tower Street, Kingston, and in addition, at  the Jamaica Society for the Blind, 111 & 1/2 Old Hope Road in Kingston. Individual registration is $1500 for 5K Run/Walk/Stroller and 10K Run.

CEO of Running Events Limited, Alfred “Frano” Francis noted he felt called to action for JSB, after reading a recent report that highlighted the complete disregard for Jamaica’s blind pedestrians.

“The respect for a person with a white cane is being eroded,” stated Francis. “I mean, one: the open manholes, which are hazardous even if you have full vision are not being addressed in a timely fashion, it seems; two: motorists are ignoring persons with a white cane crossing on the marked pedestrian crossing, and three: people are not giving assistance when able. We are literally turning a blind eye to a community that needs formidable support.”

“So we hope with this run, everyone will be a winner. Running Events will help to raise awareness about the issues surrounding the Blind community and the JSB will receive meaningful assistance through the proceeds from the run.”

Running Events Limited, who started the Everyone’s A Winner road race series eight years ago, will once again act as the title sponsor for the April 29 event. They will be targeting 2000 registrants, with the first 1,500 finishers across all events to receive a medal.

According to Sandra Harris, JSB Vision Centre Coordinator, the fundraising effort is both heartwarming and crucial to their continued success.

“We are especially grateful to be recipients of the run this year,” stated Harris. “We are always looking at ways to develop and improve our services so that we as an organization can help the blind and visually impaired community across the island. Running Events has given us a tremendous opportunity to give voice to the capability and challenges of the Blind Community, and we hope to once again recapture the support and respect of our fellow citizens.”

JSB, since May 1954, continues to promote the welfare, education and employment of persons who are blind or visually impaired; and to prevent avoidable blindness and visual impairment in Jamaica.

Registration for the Everyone’s A Winner / Running Events 5K & 10K is now open online for individuals and teams. Individual registration is $1500 for 5K Run/Walk/Stroller and the 10K Run. You can visit www.runningeventsja.com for further information.

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