June 18, 2012

AIM Raises Funds for May Pen Hospital

Just under 200 members of Jamalco’s workforce and participants from local companies in Clarendon donned sporting gear and got physical for charity during the company’s inaugural Alcoans in Motion (AIM) fitness fundraiser event held recently.

The activity, which involved a lapathon (run and walk) and an aerobics marathon was geared towards raising $500,000 to assist the May Pen Hospital to improve the services offered at the facility, and in particular the security of specific sections of the hospital. The participation of Jamalco team members has secured a grant of US$2500 for the hospital from the Alcoa Foundation and the participating companies have raised another J$250,000.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Managing Director Jerome Maxwell lauded the participants for taking on the challenge. “We all need to exercise to keep us healthy, regardless of our lifestyle, age and physical ability,” he said.

In his overview, Corporate Services and Gov’t. Affairs Manager Leo Lambert said the event aims to integrate wellness and volunteerism. “We should pay attention to everything we eat and endeavour to cultivate clean and pure thoughts,” he noted.

Guest Speaker and Chairman of the Board of the Southern Regional Health Authority Faye Bell encouraged the participants to embrace a culture of healthy living. “There is a need for all Jamaicans to take responsible for their health. They need to avoid alcohol and smoking and promote healthy sexual values,” she said.

Chief Executive Officer at the May Pen Hospital, Mrs. Nadine Nunez-Howe thanked Jamalco and the communities for their support. “We are very grateful for the partnership and on behalf of the 400 workers and the 6000 patients that use the hospital annually; I want to say thanks, “Mrs. Nunez-Howe said.

The lapathon consisted of 10 laps of the 400m field and participated had the option to run or walk. In the walk race Errol Bucknal (MER) emerged winner and Kevin Larmond of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCO) and Davia Lamie (Machine Shop) placed second and third respectively.

Phillip Watson a Summer Intern in the Digestion department was the first runner to cross the finish line. Second and third place finishers were Anthony Hall of May Pen Hospital and Michael Mitchell (Trevor Dunkley & Co.)

The aerobics marathon was very intense and participants were expected to keep up with the aerobics team. The exercise routines were too much for many and before long only six persons were left in the challenge. At the end of the competition Phillip Watson who had earlier won the lapathon took the top spot. Second place went to Ricardo Williams of JPSCO and Talisha Byfield of RBC Royal Bank placed third.

A mini concert culminated the event and entertainment included performances from local talents, Kashu and Fanton Mojah.
The AIM event is part of Alcoa’s company-wide initiative, designed to get Alcoans worldwide involved in fitness activities while raising funds for charity.

The local companies that supported the event include Trevor Dunkley and Co., Jamaica tooth manufacturing, Cousins Construction, RBC Royal Bank, Courts – May Pen, Jamaica Bags Limited, Mitchell Elliott, JPSCo, Maxie’s Department Store, Veolia Environmental Services, Solid Rock Construction, Quasar, FC Reynolds, Michael Ming Supermarket, Caribbean Broilers, Nestle Jamaica Ltd., Caribbean Broilers and  Moby’s Record.

Presentation of funds collected.

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Handing over of funds collected from the AIM fitness fundraiser to the CEO of the May Pen Hospital.