Morris Baxter (left), one of the 16 people who received a house from National Baking Company Foundation in partnership with Food For the Poor (FFP)-Jamaica accepts the keys to his new home from Lisa Tomlinson (right), promotions manager, National Baking Company Limited. Sharing in the moment are (from left): Marsha Burrell-Rose, FFP-Jamaica marketing and development manager and Junior Reid, FFP housing coordinator.
Needed shelter is on the way for eight of the island’s homeless and most destitute families, as National Baking Company Foundation will fund the construction of units in partnership with Food For the Poor (FFP)- Jamaica, through the charity’s annual 5K Walk/Run event, which will be launched at the Spanish Court Hotel on April 4.
The Food For The Poor annual 5k aims to build 100 units for indigent people in Jamaica this year. A release from FFP said, achieving this target would equal the total number of houses built for families from the event since its inception three years ago.
It said National Baking Company Foundation has been a contributor to the annual event since it was instituted. In 2015 and 2016, the foundation donated eight houses for each year, and for 2017 they decided to continue the tradition with eight more houses.
“Guided by the generosity of our patron, Gary “Butch” Hendrickson, the National Baking Company Foundation remains committed to partnering with FFP on this socially responsible housing initiative. As the foundation endeavours to enrich the lives of the disheartened, this project aligns perfectly with our mantra of assisting the disadvantaged in our society to realise a basic dream, that of owning their own home,” Christine Scott-Brown, executive director, National Baking Company Foundation, is quoted as saying in the release.
Meanwhile, executive director of FFP-Jamaica David Mair is extremely grateful that the foundation is among the organisations which Walk/Run have pledged to donate ahead of the event’s launch.
“Pledging before the launch of Food For The Poor’s 5K not only demonstrates loyalty, but shows that our partners are satisfied with the work our charity organisation has been doing and the lives changed, with their help, in the last two years through funds raised at the event,” Mair said recently.
The executive director also said that the last two 5KWalk/ Run events raised approximately $100 million, and over 100 houses have been constructed with those funds.
“Traditionally, we have always hosted our 5K event on the eve of Mother’s Day, starting and ending at Emancipation Park. For 2017, the concept remains the same. Proceeds from the 5K will be used to assist families in the 14 parishes of Jamaica.
“Adequate shelter is a basic human need, and we at Food For the Poor believe that this need should be fulfilled for all families, including the poorest of the poor,” Mair said.
The next 5K will be held on May 13, starting at 6:00 am. It will start and end at Emancipation Park in Kingston. The funds raised will be matched equally by Food For the Poor Florida, the release said.