Wed | Nov 21, 2018

Heart Foundation tips 5K to raise funds

Published:Saturday | November 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Secretary/Treasurer of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Peter Bangerter (right), poses with the overall female winners of the inaugural Heroes of the Heart Female 5K (from left) Janetta Robinson, second place in 22:13; first place, Juliett Dinnal, 21:24 and third place, Karlene Blagrove, 22:16. The race was presented by Running Events Limited in association with the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, with proceeds going to supporting the patient services initiatives at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) will in three months stage the Run For Your Heart 5K in Kingston.

Slated for February 3, 2019, the foundation aims to raise $1 million for the organisation's outreach programmes.

Through this initiative, the HFJ, in partnership with Running Events Limited will kick-start the happenings for Heart Month come 2019.

"The Run For Your Heart 5k is aimed at educating Jamaicans about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and raising much-needed funds. We want Jamaicans to become heart heroes," said Karen Anderson, senior manager for marketing and fund development at the Heart Foundation.

World Health Organisation statistics state that heart disease is the leading cause of death globally and in Jamaica, and as such, the foundation is committed to reducing the mortality rate from heart disease by at least 25 per cent by 2025," Anderson explained.

She is also heartened by the support thus far and hopes that locals and people in the diaspora will continue to utilise the foundation's services.

The registration period will be open to participants from December 15 until January 30.

The Run For Your Heart 5K 2019 is also a family affair as it will feature a 2K run aimed at giving children a chance to share in the thrust to keep Jamaica healthy.

Additionally, participants are encouraged to walk around the Park track throughout the morning's activities.

The 2018 staging of the event in January attracted close to 800 runners and walkers, and the next staging intends to triple its numbers.

Part proceeds from this year's event will offset costs associated with the replacement of equipment used by the HFJ and will be used to keep the organisation's screening services at a subsidised rate.