KINGSTON CITY RUN

KGN-City-Run-logo-FINALAs a member of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association Kingston Chapter, the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites avidly support the Kingston City Run Charity ½ Marathon and 5K (March 7-9, 2014) which this year supported five (5) main charities. The charities are Food for the Poor, Open Arms Drop-in Centre, Missionaries of the Poor, Alpha Boys School and Marie Atkins Night Shelter. The aim is to provide sustainable support for the Homeless population in Jamaica. In its inaugural year, Kingston City Run was able to raise J$2million for these charities.

Join us in Kingston and run for these causes. The event is held annually, usually on the second weekend in March.

Visit www.kingstoncityrun.com to confirm dates for next year as well as for more information on race registration and vacation packages.

PACK FOR A PURPOSE
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When planning your trip to stay with us, if space allows, you may also pack an extra item to support our Pack for a Purpose Initiative.

Our charity partners……….

  • The Alpha Boy’s School

Children are assigned to the home by the Child Development Agency when it is determined that they need the services of the family court system.

Founded in 1880, the Alpha Boy’s School/Home has been administered since 1890 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, a catholic order of nuns. The Alpha Boy’s School/Home currently has 100 children from ages 8 through 18 years old.

It offers vocational training in agriculture, music, tailoring, wood working, and screen printing. Of the vocations taught at the home, music has been the most prolific.

  • Missionaries of the Poor

Missionaries of the Poor was started in 1981 in Jamaica. Led by Father Richard Ho Lung and a group of Brothers, they began their work in a government-run house for the homeless, the destitute, and the aged. They were successful in opening the consciousness of the public to the needs and struggles of the poor.

They continued their outreach by also working with prisoners, helping bring to light the need for the rehabilitation of prisoners instead of the mere isolation of them.

The community thus began with two successful projects in its early years.

  • The Open Arms Drop- In Center

This Center is a non-governmental organization that seeks to play an integral role in the eradication of homelessness. To accomplish this, the center cares for the homeless in a loving atmosphere.

Established in November 2006, they operate a day center for both male and female homeless adults. While the center has some basic facilities to house a few individuals at a time, they also additionally take in a lot of people off of the street on a daily basis.

These homeless individuals are fed, offered a bath and haircut, and are taught basic farming, hair dressing, and office skills.

  • The Marie Atkins Shelter

It provides solace for over 100 men and women each night.

The Poor Relief Department states that at least half of the hundreds who roam Kingston’s streets in the day and sleep wherever they can in the night are mentally stable. While most just cannot afford to pay their rent, some are drug addicts and/or deportees. Others are victims of natural disasters, such as fires or hurricanes that prevent them from returning to their homes.

HOW TO PACK

Here’s a list of the items that are needed by the charities. You may feel free to support this initiative.

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries

Flash Cards:
(English) Math and Word

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math

Computer Hardware/Software:
Working Laptops

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and New Underwear

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, and Linen Sets

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Kitchen:
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Platers, Pots, and Serving Spoons

You may leave these items at the Front Desk when you can to check in with us. We appreciate your support as your little effort will surely have a big impact.[/text_output]