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Be the change! - Food For The Poor urges citizens to run for Jamaica

Published:Thursday | April 18, 2019 | 12:28 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer
Tiffany Thomas, Food For the Poor ambassador, greets (from left) Andrew Mahfood, chairman of Food For the Poor, and Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health, during the charity’s launch of its fifth annual  5K Run/Walk at  the Spanish Court Hotel, St Andrew on Tuesday.
Tiffany Thomas, Food For the Poor ambassador, greets (from left) Andrew Mahfood, chairman of Food For the Poor, and Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health, during the charity’s launch of its fifth annual 5K Run/Walk at the Spanish Court Hotel, St Andrew on Tuesday.

Food for The Poor (FFP) Jamaica is to host its fifth annual 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for the construction of homes and for the provision of sustainable income for needy Jamaicans.

Set for Sunday, May 19, at Emancipation Park, New Kingston, under the theme ‘Be The Change-Run for Ja!’, the charity organisation has its sights on raising enough money to build as many houses as possible.

Since the inaugural staging of the event in 2015, the proceeds from the donations have led to the building of 300 houses for Jamaicans. Overall, the charity organisation has constructed almost 25,000 housing units for the last 35 years.

Chairman of Food For The Poor Jamaica Andrew Mahfood, speaking at the 2019 launch of the event at the Spanish Court Hotel, St Andrew, said they are committed to building more houses and supporting housing recipients with projects for their self-sufficiency.

BLESSING

“A home that we have given to a family is much more than a blessing, and that blessing is from you all,” he said.

Keynote speaker Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton commended Food For The Poor for empowering persons to help themselves.

“We have worked very closely with FFP, and they can be declared as one of the significant partners of public health in Jamaica. They must be commended for their efforts over the years to strengthen these partnerships to make them work,” Tufton said.

A Food For The Poor house costs US$3,800, including a water tank, septic tank and solar panel unit. Over the past six years, FFP Jamaica has handed over a total of 5,149 houses to Jamaican families in urgent need of shelter.

The early-bird package for the run/walk costs $1,200 for individuals and are available up to tomorrow. Team packages for 20 or more persons are also available. Registration closes on May 3.

For further details, contact FFP Jamaica at 876-984-505, ext 8260, 876-486-3002, or secretariat@foodforthepoorja.org.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com