Street racing, running and walking have become the latest hobbies for people who want to exercise and the first call for some entities that are trying to raise funds, but they are not regulated, no entity checks what happens to the money raised, and little control over how and when they were detained.
This has sparked concern in some communities, with at least two reports in the past about roads where entities scheduled to get results have not yet gotten dollars.
Among those who expressed concern were Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, who has called for strengthening protocols for ministry giving policies, based on the fact that events such as a five kilometer run are increasingly being promoted as fundraising initiatives for hospitals or health facilities.
"I am concerned, and I have expressed that concern internally about the extent to which some events in the name of health, and especially hospitals, have been promoted and promoted and sponsors are asked without, in my opinion, the level of transparency and governance to which the funds ends, "he said.
"My concern has caused me to request a special protocol review of the gift policies that we have in service," Tufton told The Sunday Gleaner.
According to Tufton, while he did not want to hinder fundraising efforts, he wanted to be more transparent.
"There are a number of cases where I am concerned. I am careful in my approach to dealing with the problem because I do not want to prevent sincere and sincere efforts that help health care, and in the case of 5ks, there are benefits to promoting physical activity that I think are important "Tufton said.
He noted that these road / road operators generally need to get permission from a number of institutions to host the event. This includes the police and local city authorities. The Ministry of Health will usually be asked to provide ambulance services.
"From that point of view, permission must be sought and given to formally host the event. Therefore, in terms of the causes that this event promotes and supports, I will be ready to say that is fair AD hoc, "said Tufton.
He underlined that globally, there were cases where people had raised money to support the institution and the money was not used for the advertised purpose.
"We want to encourage philanthropic efforts, we want to encourage support, because health systems everywhere in the world, even in developed countries, cannot survive solely or not survive only with government allocations, or even personal payments for services.
"There is always a very strong component of giving or giving, friends of foundations, charities, NGOs," argued Tufton.
"I really believe in partnerships, and even though I want to encourage them, at the same time, we certainly don't want anyone to think that the process is being misused, so I think the need for protocols," Tufton added.