Preparations for a community treat in Elaine Thompson-Herah’s hometown of Banana Ground in Manchester on Saturday, have been progressing nicely with a number of sponsors coming on board to support the initiative.

The triple Tokyo Olympic champion, who was conferred with an Honorary Degree Doctor of Laws by the University of Technology on Sunday, and her husband Derron, had planned to host a treat for children in the community. However, on the advice from health experts amidst concern about the spread of the Covid-19 virus, those plans changed.

The couple, via the FastElaine Foundation, will now distribute care packages containing household items from tents set up in a ‘town-square’ type setting, Derron explained on Thursday.

The tents were donated by Elaine’s sponsors NCB and Flow and there will be sanitization stations, temperature checks. Masks will also be distributed should any of the residents show up not wearing.

The distribution of care packages is being scheduled to begin at about 1 pm and will last two-three hours as the organizers want to complete the process before it gets dark.

Herah revealed that in addition to NCB and Flow, a number of other sponsors have come on board. They include Honey Bun, Tradewinds Citrus Limited via their Tru Juice brand, Eve Foods and Red Bull. “I am really glad for their support, especially considering that they came on at short notice,” said Herah, who also revealed that other potential sponsors have been reaching out offering their support for the initiative that will be the first for FastElaine Foundation that will have its official launch in January 2022.

Triple Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah on Sunday announced the birth of The FastElaine Foundation that will focus on helping vulnerable children from mainly under-served communities as well some students from Christiania High and Manchester High Schools, educational institutions she attended during her childhood.

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