Guardian Group night run could not have come at a better time — Crawford

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The fourth staging of the Guardian Group 'Keep It Alive' night run in Montego Bay could not have come at a better time, according to councillor of the Spring Gardens Division of the St James Municipal Corporation, Dwight Crawford.

The night run is set for June 2, starting at 7:00 pm, and comes a week after the Kingston leg that will be held on May 26.

At Monday's media launch held outside the Guardian Group offices at Fairview Business Park, Crawford, who was representing Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis, said the run helps to raise funds for medical facilities, including the beleaguered Cornwall Regional Hospital located in Mt Salem, on the outskirts of Montego Bay.

Services at the 40-year-old Cornwall Regional Hospital have been scaled back significantly due to a combination of factors, including noxious fumes and fungi, that have been blamed for a variety of illnesses that have befallen a number of employees.

Over $60 million have been raised over the last five years by the various Guardian runs with 100 per cent going to medical facilities, said Eric Hosin, president of Guardian Group.

He added that this year four hospitals will benefit — the St Ann's Bay Hospital, Mandeville Regional, Cornwall Regional Hospital and the University Hospital of the West Indies.

“This year's support for the Cornwall Regional Hospital could not have been better timed based on the challenges which the institution has been facing,” Crawford noted.

“With your support, I am sure the restoration efforts at the Cornwall Regional Hospital will receive a shot in the arm and will be just what the doctor ordered in getting the institution back on its feet, where services can be fully restored in a safe, clean and healthy environment.”

Hosin said the organisers were in discussions with the police to try and avoid the massive traffic pile-up caused by the staging of the event last year.

Motorists on the busy Saturday evening commute were held up for hours during the staging of the event, and Hosin says they plan to put measures in place to prevent a recurrence.

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