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  • Youngsters residing at Sophie’s Place of Safety and St. Anthony’s Children’s Home in St. Andrew are to benefit from the proceeds of the inaugural charity walk/run being staged for Civil Service Week (CSW) 2018.
  • The 5K event will take place on Saturday (November 17) and participants will start and finish at Emancipation Park.

Youngsters residing at Sophie’s Place of Safety and St. Anthony’s Children’s Home in St. Andrew are to benefit from the proceeds of the inaugural charity walk/run being staged for Civil Service Week (CSW) 2018.

The 5K event will take place on Saturday (November 17) and participants will start and finish at Emancipation Park.

Senior Director Employee Relations and Benefits Unit, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Peter Morris, said that the walk/run was seen as “a fantastic way” to bring all civil servants together for a worthy cause.

“We are hoping for a turnout of between 4,000 and 5,000 people; that’s just a fraction of the workforce. I would like to be pleasantly surprised and have much more than that and if we do that, we can probably meet the wish list of the two institutions,” he said.

He was speaking to JIS News during the official launch of the event at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on Monday (Oct. 8).

Mr. Morris said the walk/run, which has a wheelchair category, is in alignment with the Ministry of Health’s ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign and is open to the general public.

“It is open to all our partners, all our private sector partners, all the people we depend on and that we do business with, running enthusiasts…everybody. It’s going to be hopefully a permanent fixture on the Running Events Calendar every year,” he said.

Registration is now open at a cost of $1,500 per person, with a special fee of $1,000 for civil servants.

Race Director, Running Events Jamaica Limited, Alfred “Frano” Francis, who is organising the event, informed that persons can register online at www.runningeventsja.com.

“Persons can (also) complete their entry form and write a cheque to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Civil Service Week 5K and leave it at (the Ministry’s location at) 30 National Heroes Circle,” he noted.

Registration closes on November 13.

Outlining the route, Mr. Francis noted that following the warm-up session at 6:30 a.m. at Emancipation Park, the run/walk will start promptly at 7 o’clock, heading to Oxford Road.

Senior Director, Employee Relations and Benefits Unit, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Peter Morris (left), speaks with Race Director, Running Events Jamaica Limited, Alfred “Frano” Francis; and Civil Servant of the Year 2017, Kerry-Ann Spaulding. Occasion was the official launch of the inaugural charity walk/run being staged for Civil Service Week (CSW) 2018 at the Finance Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on Monday (Oct. 8).

“It takes us on to Old Hope Road, on to Seymour Avenue, on to Fairway Avenue, turn left on to Lady Musgrave Road, right on to Trafalgar Road, left on Antigua Avenue, right on Grenada Crescent, on to Dominica Drive, right on to Knutsford Boulevard and we finish on the eastern side of Emancipation Park,” he said.

Participants will be provided with bibs embedded with chips to record their times. The pick-up location will be announced at a later date.

CSW runs from November 18 to 24. There will be an official media launch on Wednesday (November 14).

Other activities to mark the week include a church service on Sunday (November 18); a Women’s Day event hosted by the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) at Jacisera Park in Kingston on Monday (November 19), beginning at 4:00 p.m.; and Jamaica Civil Service Long Service Awards on Wednesday (November 21) at King’s House.

Quiz competitions for secondary schools and Government agencies will get underway on Thursday (November 22) at the Medallion Hall Hotel, and the Finance Ministry, respectively.

The finals for the quiz competitions will be at the Finance Ministry and an after work lyme will be held on Friday (November 23) at the National Housing Trust (NHT) Sports Club.