JCA annual walkathon raises over $30,000

The Jamaican Canadian Association’s (JCA) annual fundraising walkathon, “Walk Good 2010, Walking for a Brighter Future,” has raised over $30,000.
More than 200 people, including children, youth, community residents and members of the JCA and various community organizations braved rainy weather last Sunday to participate in the event. Walk Good” is adopted from the well-wishes often expressed by the late Louise Bennett-Coverley, a.k.a. “Miss Lou”.

For the first time, the JCA collaborated with six community organizations to conduct the walkathon this year. The organizations involved are the Black Business and Professional Association, the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni, Tropicana Community Services, Spelling Bee of Canada, PACE Canada and the Ontario Black History Society.

“Our partnership will create synergy and will be a win-win situation for all,” said Michael Foster, CEO of the JCA.

Among the dignitaries in attendance and welcomed by the JCA were Jamaica Consul General George Ramocan and his wife, Dr. Lola Ramocan; Ontario Cabinet Minister Margarett Best, former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader, John Tory, Pamela Appelt, M.P. Judy Sgro; Councillor Michael Thompson and Mary Long.

The 2010 Patrons included former Ontario government minister Mary Anne Chambers, former federal minister Jean Augustine, former JCA president Kamala-Jean Gopie and Toronto mayoral candidate, George Smitherman.

Funds raised by the event will support JCA initiatives such as the Scholarship Fund, the Saturday Morning Tutorial Program and the Building Fund, in addition to the many initiatives of the community organizations involved.

“I am over the moon at what this means for our future as a community,” said Sandra Whiting, the chair of the event. “It shows we can work together for the good of all.”

In addition, funds were also raised by the JCA’s collaborating organizations to support their programs.

“This is a great idea and one that is in fact overdue,” said Sharon Shelton, Executive Director of Tropicana Community Services. “Kudos to you JCA for implementing it.”

Founded in 1962, the JCA is a non-profit charitable organization that works to improve the quality of life of members of the African/Caribbean community living in Canada by addressing their social needs.

To make a contribution, contact the JCA by calling (416) 746-5772 or email info@jcassoc.org.

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