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GA CDRC First 5K Walk and Run a Success

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Despite grey skies, walkers and runners of all ages and abilities turned up for the inaugural 5K walk and run staged last Sunday by the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, one of the leading Caribbean agencies in the region’s fight against noncommunicable diseases.

The activity was held to bring further awareness to NCDs as well as to raise funds for the Centre’s NCD Research Fund. It was also one of the many events held to commemorate the University of the West Indies’ 70th anniversary.

The race started and ended at the GA CDRC’s Jemmotts Lane, the City office. About 100 participants hit the city streets, moving through Lower Bay Street, Bridge Street, Wharf Road, Hincks Street, Cumberland Street, Jubilee Gardens, Lower Broad Street, Broad Street, Fairchild Street and River Road.

A health fair was held after the 5K, which featured product displays, blood pressure and information on nutrition. Reigning Party Monarch Michael Mikey Mercer also made a guest appearance at the fair.

Prizes were also awarded to top performing runners and walkers. Ingrid Burrows was the first female to complete the race, while Shamel Maynard was the first male runner to do so. Earl Heallis and Charmaine Belgrave were first male and female walkers, respectively. Kiron Quimby was the first child to finish the course.

Principal and pro-vice chancellor Eudine Barriteau, under whose patronage the activity was held, said she was both proud and pleased that the Centre had taken such a step.

“The Centre has an enviable reputation for a very valuable research on noncommunicable diseases and today it has started to demonstrate the practical afile8-11-14-2018.jpegspect of it,” said the principal, who also participated.

The GA CDRC was founded by the School of Clinical Medicine and Research in direct response chronic disease epidemic in the Caribbean and has a functional collaboration with the School of Clinical Medicine and Research at UWI, Cave Hill.

In April 2017, it was renamed in honour of prominent health official and academic Sir George Alleyne, former Chancellor of the UWI.


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