JCA hosts ‘Walk Good’ Walkathon and health fair

JCA Walkathon

The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) is gearing up for its iconic “Walk Good” Walkathon on Sunday May 5th, set to commence at 9:30 a.m. from the JCA Centre located at 995 Arrow Road, Toronto. This annual event, celebrating its 42nd iteration, promises a day filled with activities aimed at promoting health, wellness, and community spirit.

Dr. Sylvanus Thompson

Participants will have the option to embark on either a five-kilometer or ten-kilometer route, engaging community partners and JCA’s lifetime members. This year’s walkathon is not just a fundraising endeavor but a platform to foster community health awareness.

“Adding the Health and Wellness Fair to the walkathon for the second consecutive year allows us to provide vital health information and conduct wellness checks on site,” explained Dr. Sylvanus Thompson in a discussion with The Caribbean Camera.

The funds raised from this event will be directed towards two significant causes: scholarships to aid the JCA’s Sunday Morning Tutorial Program and improvements to the JCA building infrastructure.

The health and wellness theme extends beyond the walkathon. Starting at noon, the JCA will host the After the Walk Health and Wellness Clinic until 5:00 PM. This clinic will offer screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, and prostate health, alongside a Reggaecize Wellness exercise program. The DSi Wellness Lounge will also be available, providing services like massage therapy, haircuts, and diabetic foot care. Additional resources on road and food safety will be shared by experts in these fields.

The event will also highlight cultural elements with performances by The Elite Dancers, Dr. Kay Morris, and the York Lion Steel Band. Organizations such as the Walnut Foundation, Black Kids Health, and the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario, along with the Toronto Police Services, will participate, underscoring a strong community partnership.

The “Walk Good” Walkathon is more than just a fundraising event; it is a testament to the resilience of the community, promoting a healthier and more connected society.