CUMI Run Sept. 21 to Assist Mentally Ill

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Jamaica News: The 11th annual CUMI 10K and 5K Run/Walk will be held on September 21 at the Tryall Club in Sandy Bay, Hanover, beginning at 6:30 a.m.

The event is staged to raise money for the day-to-day operations of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), located in St. James.

Speaking at the official launch of the event at the S Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James, on Tuesday (August 27), Chairman of CUMI’s Board, Trina DeLisser, said it “takes approximately $6 million to keep our doors open to be able to feed the clients and [provide] not one hot meal but two hot meals (per day). The clients are given breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. We are a daytime rehabilitation facility”.

CUMI is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), registered non-profit and charitable foundation based in Montego Bay.

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Mrs. DeLisser also appealed to corporate entities for additional donations in cash and kind to aid the clientele of CUMI.

“If you have a bakery, you could provide us with bread for the week. You can also offer us shirts and other materials, because it takes a lot to keep our doors open,” she said.

For his part, Coordinator of the event, Junior Taylor, highlighted that last year’s staging of the event garnered $3 million.

He is hoping that this year’s run makes enough to cover the full annual operational cost of the centre, as the run is the primary fundraising activity.

CUMI partners and collaborates with the Regional Psychiatric Department, Type V health centre, community clinics, mental health officers and other health professionals, other NGOs, faith-based community service providers in Montego Bay such as Open Heart Charitable Mission, care centre with night shelter, and churches.

 

Source: JIS News

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