The Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica (KSFJ) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) have joined forces to stage the Astra Run (5K run/walk), which will take place on Saturday, September 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m at the Police Officers Club on Hope Road, and ending there.The launch took place on Thursday y at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.The Astra Run will be a night event for the first time since the organisations came together last year to stage their 5K Run/Walk.Chavez Foster of the organising committee detailed the route, which will see patrons starting at Police Officers’ Club, then turn left onto Hope Road, left onto Trafalgar Road, across Lady Musgrave Road onto Downer Avenue, onto Old Hope Road, left onto Windsor Avenue, left onto Fairway Avenue, left onto Lady Musgrave Road, then left onto Hope Road and head down to the finish at Police Officers’ Club.Dr. John McFarlane, chairman of the KSFJ, said part proceeds will be used to assist the Kingston Public Hospital to purchase a dialysis machine and to cover the cost of educating the public on the proper kidney health.Also, part proceeds will be used to help purchase a ventilator for the University Hospital of the West Indies, especially in light of the Zika and the health issues associated with the virus.Matthew Williams, who has been living with the end stage kidney disease since age 12, spoke about the difficulty of living with the disease, noting that he tries as best as possible to be positive. He plays sports, especially basketball, and is in his final year of studies as a pharmacy technician.Williams currently attends KPH on Tuesdays and Fridays to be dialysed for four hours each session.Numerous prizes will be on offer, with competitors battling in several categories, including the top three male and female finishers, youngest and oldest finisher, largest group, best dressed group and age groups up to 19, 20-30, 31-50, plus 50 and over).Sponsors include Wata, Wata wid Wow, Tapioca Village, Hot off the Press, CVM, Klas ESPN, Power 106, Music 99, Gleaner, KSAC, NWA, Organo Gold, Palace Amusement Company, Emfatic Disco Hyundai Motors (for pace car) and Spanish Court Hotel.
As public outcry against the increase in transportation fares continue, commercial drivers have again stepped up fares to all destinations in Monrovia.On Monday February 23, fares from Red-Light Market to central Monrovia were increased from LD$60 to LD$100.00, which resulted to hundreds of commuters being stranded.Despite the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry’s decision to reduce transportation prices six weeks ago, drivers on several occasions make their own prices, when conditions favor it.The arbitrary increase of transport fares has sparked bitter confrontation between drivers and commuters.Reports from Duala have confirmed that some drivers have also stepped up fares.In several interviews with commuters, they sounded urgent calls to the Ministries of Transport and commerce for intervention.In an interview at the Red-light Market on Monday morning, businessman Patrick B. Bolton said that until the MOT and MOCI act now, the situation would degenerate.Central Monrovia’s businesswoman Patricia M. Philips, 58, noted that until the MOT and MOCI’s Ministers can graduate from issuing empty and sugar-coated utterances and promises, the situation would continue to worsen.Mrs. Philips said the Liberian government must muster the courage to ensure the practical enforcement of its regulations.Civil servant Thomas B. Kollison, 64, said adjusted transport fares’ must be enforced.Foreign merchant Allie B. Hassan, 55, of Duala General Market said the ministries involved must set example by enforcing their own regulations.Waterside businessman Sam B. Kun, 48, intimated that commercial drivers must be monitored to ensure compliance of government’s decision.“I suggest the MOT and MOCI employ transport fare regulators,” Mr. Kun pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)