All systems go for the Crystal Spring Run For Your Heart 5K

Fun will meet fitness at Emancipation Park on Sunday, February 3, 2019, as the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) calls on citizens to be “Heart Heroes” by helping a fellow Jamaican in need of screening by participating in the Crystal Spring Run for Your Heart 5K/2K.

The HFJ, through its mandate of “Promoting a Heart-Healthy Jamaica,” will host the run to encourage Jamaicans to take responsibility for their health.

Speaking to a group of reporters and editors at a recent tour of the HFJ facilities, senior manager responsible for marketing and fund development at the HFJ, Karen Anderson,  said that the Run is of great significance as it focuses on physical activity as a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases—the leading cause of death globally and in Jamaica.

“There is a high prevalence of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease yearly in Jamaica and countries across the world. There are numerous factors, including hypertension and obesity that can lead to cardiovascular disease. We have a mandate to fulfil, and we are working to keep our screening and testing costs at an affordable rate for Jamaicans in need of such services.”

“The Run, come February 3, will help us to give Jamaicans a unique opportunity to become advocates for heart health and engage in a unique educational experience,” she added.

Also at the tour was managing director at Running Events Limited, Alfred “Frano” Francis who lauds the Foundation for the remarkable job that they are doing.

In helping to spread awareness about the benefits of fostering a healthy lifestyle he notes that, “One of the things that we try to incorporate at the start of a race is we tell people that, if you have loved ones who you  want to share your life with and you’d want them to be around, you have to encourage them to take on best practices where their health is concerned. The repercussion if we don’t, is we might lose them.”

“On February 3 we will be hosting the third staging of the Run For Your Heart 5K. This year, in the true spirit of promoting health awareness, we will include a 2K to encourage persons to leave their couches and do their part to safeguard their health. Patrons will also have an opportunity to participate in a walk/run around the track inside the Park.

Jamaicans, locally and overseas, can make contributions to the Foundation through their website payment portal at www.heartfoundationja.org. Additionally, persons can sign up and participate in the Run For Your Heart 5K/2K. Participants may register online at www.runningeventsja.com or www.heartfoundationja.org/payments. The registration period closes on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Registration costs are: $1,500 for individuals and teams with fewer than 50 entrants and $1,200 for teams with 50 or more entrants with a complimentary tent. Cash payments can be made to The Heart Foundation of Jamaica located at 28 Beechwood Avenue in Kingston.

Race packages can be picked up at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica on Friday, February 1 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday, February 2 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  There will be no pick up on race day.

Be a “Heart Hero” and help the Foundation to promote a heart-healthy Jamaica by adopting a more heart-healthy lifestyle.

About the run:
The Run is a fundraising campaign initiated by the HFJ that aims to educate Jamaicans about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and raising much-needed funds associated with keeping the organisation’s testing and screening services at a subsidised rate.

Running Events Jamaica donates $200,000 to JCCF

Sergeant Nathanael Scarlett, Alfred “Frano” Francis managing director of Running Events Jamaica, Diane Ellis director at Running Events Jamaica, Sergeant Paula-Ann Burton and Colonel the Honourable Errol Johnson participates in a cheque presentation at the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) Headquarters on Tuesday, January 30, 2019. The presentation was a $200,000 donation to the JCCF by Running Events Limited.

Sergeant Nathanael Scarlett, Alfred “Frano” Francis managing director of Running Events Jamaica, Diane Ellis director at Running Events Jamaica, Sergeant Paula-Ann Burton and Colonel the Honourable Errol Johnson participates in a cheque presentation at the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) Headquarters on Tuesday, January 30, 2019. The presentation was a $200,000 donation to the JCCF by Running Events Limited.

Running Events Jamaica has extended a helping hand to the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) through the donation of $200,000 in cash on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

The donation will provide a well-needed boost to the development and expansion of the JCCF whose goal is to enroll at least 1,000 cadets by the end of the year and increase its membership by 10,000 cadets in three years.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Colonel the Honourable Errol Johnson noted that, “This afternoon wasn’t what we expected. When I met Mr Francis a year ago, the idea was to create an avenue to develop the publicity for the cadets. I see the partnership between Running Events Jamaica and the JCCF as one that will create a charitable event that is based on what we are learning here.” In thanking Running Events, Colonel Johnson posited, “We are prepared to partner with Running Events to help the less fortunate and fulfill their mandate.”

According to Alfred "Frano" Francis, managing director at Running Events Jamaica the partnership with the JCCF has been no less than inspiring.

“Coming here today is such a great reminder that it is the little things that we do that make the big impacts,” stated Francis.

“Some time ago we saw an article in the newspapers that the JCCF needed help and immediately we (Running Events) wrote to the editor to get in touch with someone from JCCF. I must say that this was one of the best decisions that we’ve ever made. We have worked with the JCCF for crowd control for road races, and we are happy to be extending the partnership.”

The JCCF is a youth movement with a difference. The difference being that it is a disciplined organization with a rank structure. Working within this environment the youths are given a feeling of stability and purpose. The training is based upon military skills but the aim is not to produce a highly trained soldier. The aim of all the training is carefully planned so that it appeals in the first place as a challenge; secondly it is designed to develop the powers of leadership and qualities of character valuable alike to the civilian and soldier.

In parting, Mr Francis assured the JCCF that the partnership does not end here.

“From today onward, we will continue to partner with you because we know that together we can contribute to the building of successful young men and women. I also hope that we will see an expansion in the number of cadets enrolled in the JCCF programme. We hope to see an upliftment in the profile of what the JCCF does and to ensure that their contribution to the wider society is seen.”
He encouraged the cadets to see themselves as the change, not just in their uniforms but in their mindset, and communities. “I hope that wherever you go, that you will be  a beacon for inspiration to others.”

Running Events Jamaica is also looking to further deepen its ties with JCCF by contributing to the expansion of its musical arm.

Salada’s Coffee Project bears fruit

The Hon. Audley Shaw (second left), Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries congratulates the Salada team on their initiative to utilize $100M to purchase 25,000 boxes of coffee cherries directly from farmers over a three-month period as noted at the press briefing held on Monday November 19, 2018, at the Courtleigh Hotel. Sharing in the moment are (from left) Senator the Hon. Aubyn Hill, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Dianna Blake-Bennett , General Manager of Salada Foods Jamaica; Patrick Williams, Chairman of Salada Foods Jamaica; and Kathryn Lewis, Board Director at Salada Foods Jamaica.

The Hon. Audley Shaw (second left), Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries congratulates the Salada team on their initiative to utilize $100M to purchase 25,000 boxes of coffee cherries directly from farmers over a three-month period as noted at the press briefing held on Monday November 19, 2018, at the Courtleigh Hotel. Sharing in the moment are (from left) Senator the Hon. Aubyn Hill, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Dianna Blake-Bennett , General Manager of Salada Foods Jamaica; Patrick Williams, Chairman of Salada Foods Jamaica; and Kathryn Lewis, Board Director at Salada Foods Jamaica.

Hours after the announcement of the Salada Coffee Project, the manufacturer acquired 750 boxes of cherries on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

This was revealed at a press briefing at the Blue Mahoe Suite at Courtleigh Hotel on Monday November 19, 2018. The purchase, valued at approximately $3M, was made after engaging farmers in the Mount Airy region of the Blue Mountains.

According to Patrick Williams, chairman of Salada Foods Jamaica, mutual dependencies define the coffee industry.

“The coffee industry depends on many things and Salada is willing to play its part,” stated Williams.

“Many people depend on it for their survival; for the small farmers, it is their only safety net. The current global supply gut is driving prices downward and threatening its viability. These changes are also affecting Salada. We have a supply chain to protect, a local supply chain. We have over 120 members of staff, workers, hardworking men and women mostly from the inner-city, looking to us to keep them afloat each and every month.

“The industry stakeholders; coffee farmers; coffee exporters; coffee traders; JACRA; the Ministry [of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries]; and your instant coffee manufacturer, Salada, must all pull together and do what we have to do to make this industry great again,” concluded Williams.

Considered a major shift in Salada’s strategic operations, Salada has embarked on a venture to purchase 25,000 boxes of coffee cherries at $4,000 per box from the Blue Mountains, which will be converted to approximately 200,000 lbs of green beans over the next three-to-four month period.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, The Honourable Audley Shaw, lauded Salada for its efforts.

“I want to commend Salada for the foresight and vision of taking a potential crisis and turning it into what may end up being a golden opportunity. As is often said, in every crisis there is a seed of greater benefit; in every crisis, there is an opportunity,” stated Shaw.

“This shift in the company’s operational line is bold and innovative, and demonstrates the value of market-driven initiatives that will see the company benefiting from a consistent supply of local green beans to suit their manufacturing needs,” he added.

In addressing attendees of the briefing, Dianna Blake-Bennett, general manager of Salada Foods Jamaica, made an appeal to farmers to engage Salada as early as possible.

“We ask the farmers in the Blue Mountain area to seek out our depots, which were previously operated by Stoneleigh, will now being branded for Salada. We will have a full roll out of depots tomorrow (on Tuesday, November 20, 2018). And of course, we encourage all of you to drink the Jamaica Mountain Peak brand and help us to build a sustainable future for our local coffee farmers,” stated Blake-Bennett.



About Salada Foods Jamaica

Salada Foods Jamaica entered the coffee processing industry in 1958 and has been listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange since its inception in 1969. Salada is a wholly Jamaican owned company that truly believes in the quality of productivity and potential of Jamaica’s coffee industry.

In 1973 Salada launched its flagship brand, Jamaica Mountain Peak coffee, which has quickly become a household favourite in Jamaica and across the region.