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JTB laces up to support Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation's Sept. 26 "Jam-Walk"


JTB laces up to support Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation's Sept. 26 "Jam-Walk"
Angella Bennett, regional director for Canada at the Jamaica Tourist Board, photographed at last year's Jam-Walk event. (Pax Global Media)
Pax Global Media

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is once again lending its support to Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation (HHJF), which, on Sunday, September 26, will welcome some 50 supporters to participate in their annual 5 km walkathon, "Jam-walk." 

Similar to last year's successful event, the outdoor tented Courtyard Patio of the Palais Royale will once again provide the perfect backdrop for participants who attend within their social bubbles to enjoy the outdoors and stroll along the Lakeshore. 

To participate, individuals must fundraise online to support HHJF’s goal of building its 24th school in Jamaica which will be in memoriam of Denise Jones, a former founding board member who sadly passed.

HHJF will incorporate all safety guidelines, strictly adhere to physical distancing regulations, and host participants in a beautiful outdoor setting with fantastic lake views. 

READ MORE: Jamaica Tourist Board laces up in support of Helping Hands Jamaica

Returning this year will be the very popular brunch “to-go," which will be individually packaged for each participant and provided to them after completing their picturesque walk along the Lakeshore.

The JTB participating in last year's Jam-Walk fundraiser in support of the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation. (Pax Global Media)

This year, despite facing the ongoing challenges COVID-19 presents, HHJF has been able to adapt and innovate by implementing a meaningful theme, “ONE LOVE.” 

This theme will provide sponsors with the opportunity to receive exposure during both Jam-walk and their gala Jamrock, which is set to take place on Friday, October 22, 2021. 

"Both unique celebrations will focus on uniting hope, philanthropy, and island vibes," the organization said. 

HHJF has also implemented a three-tiered fundraising program geared towards improving literacy and graduation rates, as well as providing access to better education called Path to Education.  

Funds raised through the program will offer: 

1. Academic scholarships to graduates leaving primary school entering high school, hire a remedial teacher(s) to support the kids with learning challenges, supply tablets to students, implement/reinforce a food program. 

2. Support young Jamaican athletes with high school tuition, books, transportation, specific sports training, and most importantly, mentorship. 

3. Inspire a new generation of committed and loyal future supporters through its Youth Ambassador Leadership Program.  Supporters are encouraged to support through donations or annual pledges.

Donor support and corporate sponsorship are critical components to the success of HHJF. 

Event organizers are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support from Packall Packaging, Acosta, Kisko, Jamaica Tourist Board and Ingredion. They believe in the vision and goals of creating a better future through education.

Participants, corporations, and local businesses are encouraged to take part by registering for Jam-walk, becoming a ONE LOVE sponsor, or donating to Path to Education. 

Visit www.helpinghandsjamaica.com for more information.

"Each of HHJF’s upcoming events and programs will create a world of possibility for the kids and youth of Jamaica," the organization said in a release. 


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