Digicel hosts energetic 5K launch; Night Run set for October 8
Telecoms leader, Digicel, hit the ‘start’ button on its fifth annual 5K race for Special Needs with a high-energy launch in Emancipation Park on Wednesday, September 7.
“Today, I’m very happy to see the amount of support Jamaica has shown to the special needs community,” said Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of the Digicel Foundation, speaking at the launch. “Just last year, over 10,600 persons came out to run, walk and even just have fun for the cause and we were able to raise over $8.6 million dollars. That’s the power of each and every one of us here—together, we can achieve so much, so let’s do it again in 2016.”
Chantrelle added, “The persons in our special needs community here in Jamaica are superheroes. Every day, they overcome personal, physical and emotional battles just to survive. Not to mention the ones who are out there doing great things, in spite of their difficulties. You have persons with special needs doing sports, representing Jamaica now at the Paralympics in Brazil, we have them working with the team at Digicel, and they’re going to school, building things and overall just adding value to life in spite of their circumstances.”
There was a workout session hosted by Express Fitness, a sponsor of the event. This was followed by dancehall artiste Ding Dong and the Ravers Clavers delivering an up-tempo dance warm-up session involving attendees who came out dressed in workout gear.
The annual night run, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, will be held on the streets of downtown Kingston, the home of Digicel’s regional headquarters. In addition to the traditional walk, run and wheelchair routes, Digicel will also be re-introducing the Fun zone, a delight-filled obstacle course that was a big hit with the participants last year.
As customary, the proceeds of the event will go towards supporting the infrastructural and developmental needs of Jamaica’s special needs community. Nine organisations will benefit from this year’s staging. These are the Jamaica Autism Support Association, Jamaica Down's Syndrome Foundation, Early Stimulation Plus, Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities, Mustard Seed Communities, Special Olympics Jamaica, Jamaica Paralympic Association, Abilities Foundation and the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf / Deaf Can! Coffee.
Sponsors of this year’s event include Jamaica Producers Group, Urban Development Corporation, Logo Stitch, Main Event, National Outdoor Advertising, Dairy Industries Jamaica Ltd., Honeybun, Innovative Signs, Jamaica Producers, Edgechem, The Lab and ARRC Media.
To register, persons can visit runningeventsja.com and enjoy the early bird discounted price of $1000 before September 21, 2016.
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