Saturday, 19 November 2011

Beat Diabetes Walkathon

The Council of Voluntary Services (CVSS) and the NVC organized a Beat Diabetes Walkathon, that we hosted today in Emancipation Park. We had a good time: great support from volunteers and sponsors; good turnout of walkers; perfect weather; and, of course, is support of a very worthy cause. Jamaica has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world and is a very serious problem here, particularly for young people.

Walking starts early here, as it gets too hot for most by about 8:30. So the walkathon went from 6 am to 9:30 am; which meant I was up at 4:45 am to get tot the park for set-up at 5:30 am!  I worked the registration table.

Many thanks to everyone at CVSS/NVC who worked hard to make the event successful, with particular thanks to Mickel and Sammy (and Malik!).

Entrance to Emancipation Park, with famous - and somewhat controversial - statues. The park was opened 10 years ago and is a very lovely oasis in New Kingston

Setting up the information table and the fruits/waters/juices.  There were also some good displays by sponsors and free blood pressure and blood sugar tests by the Diabetes Foundation.  Pleased to report that my blood sugar is fine and my blood pressure is low!

Reporter from the radio station on the left and Lamar (right), from the Boys Brigade, who helped me at the registration desk

Mr. Vinroy Whyte (right), CVSS Treasurer, and his friend. I couldn't resist the Canadian shirt!

Some of the walkers. There is a good 500 metre fitness track, shaded by big trees, that is very popular with walkers and joggers. The park opens at 5 am and closes at 11 pm - it is well lit and has security on site.

The Lions Club had a strong team and a lot of fun.

Jamaica Football Club joined the cause.

Thanks to the team and one of our sponsors, Wyndham Hotel

Terry (left) of the CVSS and Mr. Easton Daley (right) of the Boys Brigade volunteered for the day. Mr. Daley and his boys did a wonderful job of bringing and setting up all the tables, chairs, etc. and clean-up.

Mr. Owen Bernard (right), CVSS President and head of the Jamaica Diabetes Foundation, with three of his volunteers.

Thanks to another team and sponsor, National Commercial Bank (NCB)

Our leader, Mrs. Winsome Wilkins, CVSS CEO,  joining the fun for the warm-up aerobics.

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