Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K has donated all old banners from its December, 2014 event and previous stagings to the JPS Banna Bags project for the creation of school bags for children in need.
The Banna Bags Project is a social outreach programme by JPS to convert unused corporate vinyl banners into attractive, sturdy and waterproof bags as an alternative to traditional expensive bags for children in need of support with school supplies. The first beneficiaries of the BannaBags Project were young students in need of back-to-school supplies. Thereafter, students at the JPS Foundation Model Schools and children nominated by JPS employees have benefitted.
Reggae Marathon decided to get involved as an extension of the brand’s “greening project”, where the organisers recycle and reuse materials at the staging of each event.
“We collect plastic bottles and other plastic materials at the annual event and hand them over to recycling plants. In addition, we ask our runners to donate their ‘gently used’ shoes. These are collected in drums at each event and given to young runners in need during the Grand Prix series,” said Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, Race Director of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K.
The 15th staging of Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K is set for December 3 to 5 in Negril. To-date there has been a 29 per cent increase in registration compared to last year at this time.