The event will raise well-needed funds for the construction of the houses.
At the launch of the 5K, held on Tuesday, April 4, at the Spanish Court Hotel in St Andrew, Andrew Mahfood, Chairman of FFP Jamaica announced that the charity intends on constructing 100 more houses.
“When you hear us say that we want to build 100 homes, that’s just a drop in the bucket. We need to build 10,000 homes, because there are tens of thousands of Jamaicans who we have seen and are now on our waiting list who are desperately in need of homes,” Mahfood said at the launch.
Mahfood strongly believes the goal of constructing 100 houses from the upcoming 5K event will be achieved and would be equal to the total number of houses built from the event since its inception in 2015.
Prior to the launch event, the following committed funds to construct houses: National Baking Company Foundation – eight houses; NCB Foundation – two houses and RE/Max Elite – one house.
At the launch, it was announced the following organisations had committed funds to construct houses: Jamaica Public Service Company – two houses; Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) – two houses; CIBC First Caribbean International Bank – one house; Black Ink Marketing & Events Solution Limited – one house and Running Events – one house. It was also announced that Rainforest Seafoods now has a promotion where $50 from purchasing their products will go towards the cash they will donate to FFP Jamaica.
Immediately after this announcement, two of the persons living in St. Catherine who are on FFP’s waiting list for homes, Berris Mighty and Annette Higgins, were informed that the houses CIBC First Caribbean International Bank and Black Ink Marketing & Events Solution Limited committed, would be given to them.
Higgins, vendor and mother of six children, whose fathers are deceased, cried tears of joy when the announcement was made.
“Thank you! Sometimes it seems that I wouldn’t make it with the challenges I have been through as a single parent. I am so much appreciative from the depth of my spirit. I thank Food For The Poor and their donors,” Higgins said in an interview.
Mighty had similar praises to offer.
“I feel good about it ennuh. That now help me a lot. My things will stop spoil, like my clothes when the rain falls. Mi try, but things get bad when mi foot did bruk some years ago and mi lose mi job from a fowl farm weh mi used to work, then mi start sleep on the road, and get piece a land to live on and use bamboo to build up something to live in,” Mighty said in an interview.
FFP Jamaica hopes to assist 98 other persons like Higgins and Mighty.