The COVID-19 pandemic has once again spurred the United Way movement into disaster response mode. The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), in collaboration with the Council of Voluntary Social Services, United Way of Jamaica, and American Friends of Jamaica is spearheading a multi-sectorial partnership towards tackling the negative effects of the current global COVID-19 pandemic. By mobilizing and distributing resources towards the protection and welfare of the citizens of Jamaica, the aim is to make a significant difference in the lives of those whose lives have been badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The establishment of the COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund is a national response towards facilitating donations and contributions of cash towards meeting the needs of citizens and mitigating the threats associated with the pandemic. Funds raised will go towards the provision of support to the individuals fighting this disease on the frontline and those residing in communities which are most impacted. As such, funds will be channeled to two key areas of need - Food security and Health services.
PURPOSE OF THE EVENT
SUMMARY OF PARTNERSHIP
To achieve its goals the United Way of Jamaica aligns with partners, stakeholders with shared vision to impact and improve lives and assist individuals to achieve their human potential. The partnership between the PSOJ, CVSS,AFJ and Becksports is very strategic as there is a shared vision. The collaboration also has the ability to yield enormous benefits and impact and is able to facilitate and include persons islandwide and from the Diaspora to support and participate.
Through this partnership, stakeholders including companies/organizations, individuals and enthusiasts will support the event. As individuals recognize the need to get and stay fit, and develop a healthy lifestyle, this augurs well for the health and well-being of our nation and provides a great opportunity for the United Way to celebrate a significant milestone and raise much needed funds to support the PSOJ Covid 19 Jamaica Response Fund.
PROJECTION & TARGETS
Approximately 10,000 participants are expected to participate in the PSOJ Covid 19 Virtual Run scheduled for the period. Each partner has been assigned targets to achieve the overall goal relating to the number of participants being targeted.
UWJ – 2500 participants (including volunteers, workplace participants, embassies)
AFJ – 1000 participants
PSOJ - 6000 participants (including membership)
CVSS – 2500 participants (including member agencies)