They tied up their laces and hit the boardwalk as one united group to create change.
Over 100 supporters of Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation (HHJF) and team members from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) participated in a 5 km “Jam-Walk” fundraiser on Saturday (May 28) in support of educational initiatives for children and youth in Jamaica.
It was a record fundraising year! JTB, along with the support of travel agents raised $5,350 during Saturday’s walk and overall, HHJF raised over $75 thousand in donations.
The funds raised will go towards the construction of HHJF's 25th school in Linstead, Jamaica. Supported by the theme “ONE LOVE,” HHJF will begin construction this August with classes scheduled to begin in September 2022.
Perfect weather favoured the upbeat event featuring a delicious Jamaican lunch after the walk (from the waterfront Courtyard Patio of Palais Royale on Lake Shore Blvd. to the Humber Bay Arch Bridge and back), complete with fried fish and a festival.
The JTB was humbled by the outpouring of support for the Helping Hands Foundation from its Canadian travel agent community this year.
"As we celebrate Jamaica's 60th anniversary of independence in 2022 and Helping Hand's 25th school build, we put some lofty goals in place this year - and we're pleased to report we exceeded them! The Jamaica 60 theme is 're-igniting a nation for greatness,' and this year's Jam-walk was a true expression of that sentiment," shared Angella Bennett, regional director for Canada at the JTB.
HHJF's mission is to improve the lives of Jamaica's next generation by creating a world-class education system through investment in infrastructure, resource materials, and expertise.
Since 2006, HHJF has built 24 news schools across Jamaica, supported 50 additional schools, educated over 10,000 students, assisted in raising the literacy rate significantly, and engaged hundreds of individuals to visit Jamaica through voluntourism school builds.
Travel advisors who are interested in supporting HHJF, or volunteering at a future build, can go to HelpingHandsJamaica.com for more info.