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Bolt to walk for kids

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KINGSTON, JAMAICA - APRIL 04:  Usain Bolt of J...


More accustomed to breaking records at high speed, sprint sensation Usain Bolt
will slow his pace later this year with the staging of the 'Usain Bolt
Walkathon'.
The event is being planned in partnership with Chain of Hope Jamaica to help
raise funds towards the creation of a paediatric cardiac centre at the
Bustamante Hospital for Children.
"I run really fast but the truth is that I'm a really slow walker," Bolt laughed
during Sunday's launch at the Bustamante Hospital for Children for the event,
which is scheduled for sometime in November this year.
Details of the event are yet to be ironed out, but it was announced at the press
launch that the walkathon will take place later this year in the month of
November and will take place over a 2.3km course, which is expected to start at
Emancipation Park in New Kingston.
Bolt, who pointed out that he will be asking his sponsors to contribute by
paying for at least two surgeries, was excited to be involved with this
initiative and explained why he decided to join the project.
"This partnership is very important and will help to protect the future of this
country," Bolt said. "It's a big step for me. Over the years, I have been saying
that kids are the future so when I was approached to do this, it was a real
honour and I'm looking forward to continue doing my best to do what I can to
help the kids."
Over 150 children are on the waiting list for surgery at the Bustamante Hospital
for Children.
Charmaine Scott, paediatric cardiologist and chairperson of Chain of Hope
Jamaica, said Bolt's support will help to pull even more corporate support
towards the construction of the centre.
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