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Falmouth Mayor Endorses Heroes in Act!on Run/Walk

Thu 14 Sep, 2017

Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Colin Gager (second left) takes a group photo with (from left): Winsome Wilkins (left), Chairman of the Usain Bolt Foundation; Parris Lyew-Ayee, Director, JN Foundation; Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health; Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport; Alfred Francis of Running Events Limited and Saffrey Brown, General Manager, JN Foundation at the press launch of  the  Heroes in Act!on  Run/Walk at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday, August 30.

Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Colin Gager, commended organisers of the Heroes In Act!ion Run/Walk , JN Foundation for selecting the Falmouth Infirmary in Trelawny as this year’s beneficiary of the proceeds from the event.

“We thank the JN Foundation for considering the Trelawny Infirmary and I pledge to do everything in my power to make the Run/Walk a success,” he said, as he addressed the press launch at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on Wednesday, August 30. The event is scheduled for October 15 in the parish.

The Mayor noted that the Trelawny Infirmary was one of the most efficiently run institutions in the island.

“As Mayor of Falmouth, it is my intention to build on the gains made at the Infirmary, such as providing an ambulance; and, upgrading the facility to become a modern home for seniors,” he added.

Onyka Barrett-Scott, partnership & development manager, JN Foundation, said that

the institution was selected as a beneficiary, based on the need to bolster support; as well as the fact that it falls in line with this year’s theme, “Run for Our Heroes."

“The demand for the services of the Infirmary is extremely high,” she said, noting that the institution currently houses some 62 residents.

“The JN Foundation, hopes to address some of the urgent needs of the institution from the proceeds of the Run/Walk," she stated. "I encourage everyone to support this year’s Run /Walk.

The Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health, also commended the JN Foundation's initiative; and pointed out that the event was endorsed by the Ministry of Health’s Jamaica Moves Campaign.

“Many Jamaicans suffer from a lifestyle disease; and, we at the Ministry of Health are pushing a more preventive approach. Therefore, "Jamaica Moves," is an initiative which seeks to encourage more Jamaicans to exercise,” he said.


Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Colin Gager (right) greets Parris Lyew-Ayee, Director, JN Foundation at the Press Launch of the Heroes in Act!on Run/Walk on Wednesday, August 30 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. Looking on are Winsome Wilkins (left), Chairman of the Usain Bolt Foundation and Onyka Barrett-Scott, Partnership & Development Manager, JN Foundation.

This year’s event will have participants engaged in either a 4K Fun Run or a 10 K Run. The 4K Fun Run, which is geared towards the family, is designed for both walkers and runners and will showcase four fun obstacles along the route that small children can also enjoy.  Experienced and non-experienced runners can also enjoy the 4K Fun Run challenge.

The 10K Run, however, is targeting more experienced runners and is a great pre-event for runners interested in participating in marathon races set for later this year. Speed walkers may opt to participate in the 10K Run.

Persons can visit the JN Foundation and Running Events websites at or to view the route maps and also register. Participants can also register at any JN Bank Branch or JN MoneyShop, across the island.

Individual forms are to be submitted before the close of registration at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.


The event will culminate in a post-run celebration featuring entertainment with Ding Dong and Kevin Downswell and an awards ceremony.


The third staging of the Run/Walk is symbolic of The Jamaica National Group’s continued commitment to rural development.