TORONTO — Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation (HHJF) will be hitting the pavement for its annual 5KM walk and is welcoming approximately 50 of its supporters to ‘jam’ along.
Taking place in Toronto on Sept. 26, this year’s physically distanced ‘Jam-walk’ will once again kick off at the outdoor tented Courtyard Patio of the Palais Royale along the Lakeshore. Returning this year is the popular brunch ‘to-go,’ which will be individually packaged and provided to each participant upon completion of their walk.
Participants must also adhere to all safety guidelines and physical distancing regulations.
They must also 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.
HHJF has implemented a three-tiered fundraising program called ‘Path to Education’ that’s geared towards improving literacy and graduation rates. Funds raised through the program will offer academic scholarships to graduates leaving Primary school and entering high school, support kids with learning challenges, supply tablets to students, and implement a food program. Funds will also go towards supporting young Jamaican athletes with high school tuition, sports training and mentorship, as well as inspiring a new generation through the Youth Ambassador Leadership Program. Donations and annual pledges are encouraged.
“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,” said HHJF in an official statement.
This year’s Jam-walk theme is ‘ONE LOVE,’ which will be highlighted during both the walk and the Jamrock gala, set to take place on Oct. 22, 2021. Both celebrations will focus on uniting hope, philanthropy and island vibes.
Participants, corporations and local businesses can register for Jam-walk, become a ONE LOVE sponsor or donate to Path to Education at www.helpinghandsjamaica.com.