Monday 21 October, 2019

Digicel Foundation gives $2.5m each to five special needs bodies

Digicel Chairman and Digicel Foundation Patron, Dennis O'Brien, addresses the presentation ceremony following the 2019 Digicel 5K for Special Needs.

Digicel Chairman and Digicel Foundation Patron, Dennis O'Brien, addresses the presentation ceremony following the 2019 Digicel 5K for Special Needs.

Digicel Foundation on Monday handed over cheques of $2.5 million each to five special needs institutions at the Retail Store at Digicel Headquarters in downtown Kingston.

The money was raised from the entry fees of the over 10,000 participants in the 2019 Digicel 5K for Special Needs, which took place on Saturday on the streets of downtown Kingston.

The organisations receiving the awards were Community-Based Rehabilitation Jamaica; Step Centre; Early Stimulation Plus; Best Care Foundation; and Jamaica Visually-Impaired Cricket Association.

Digicel 5k handover ceremony

The presentations were made by Digicel Chairman, Denis O'Brien, who is also the Digicel Foundation's Patron. He said the five entities are "worthy organisations that have done great work with special needs in Jamaica".

According to Jean Lowrie-Chin who chairs the Digicel Foundation, work that the corporate charity has done has increased awareness about special needs in Jamaica, as efforts continue to address the issues faced by members of the special needs community.

"Digicel Foundation has established itself as a champion for special needs in Jamaica," she stated.

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