Sagicor Foundation sets $52 million target for 2019 Sigma Run
Sagicor Foundation Chairman R Danny Williams (second right) and Sagicor Group Jamaica CEO Christopher Zacca share lens with 2019 Sigma Run ambassadors: model Stacey McKenzie (right), Olympian Yohan Blake (centre) and singer Tessanne Chin (right) at the launch. (Photo: Marlon Reid) (Photo: Marlon Reid)
Sagicor Foundation on Wednesday announced a fundraising target of $52 million for the 21st staging of Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, which is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, 2019, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The announcement was made at the launch event held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
Beneficiaries of the proceeds are the May Pen Hospital Neonatal Unit, which cares for several critically-ill babies per month; the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, which seeks to create public awareness around the lupus disease, while also providing patient support, counselling and promoting research around diagnosis and treatment; and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica. The Diabetes Association has responsibility for the development and implementation of a nationwide plan for diabetic treatment, education, and training and is set up to provide diabetes prevention and care to the public.
All proceeds from the race event, through registration, tent rental, and purchase of Sigma branded items, as well as donations and other fundraising efforts will go towards securing much-needed help for the beneficiaries.
Speaking at the launch event, Sagicor Foundation Chairman, R. Danny Williams, reiterated Sagicor’s support of the health sector and urged the support of the private sector and corporate entities.
“As the Caribbean’s largest road race event, we not only bring together thousands of fitness enthusiasts, competing corporate entities, families and friends in the spirit of fun and camaraderie, but every person, company [and] group that support the Sigma Run is creating a legacy that has a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of our nation’s children,” he said.
President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica, Christopher Zacca, in his remarks emphasized the significant role each supporter of the Sigma Corporate Run plays in the success of the event; “The relationships forged with our sponsors, patrons, beneficiaries and our committed volunteers are invaluable, and all contribute to the overall amazing experience the brand has been able to provide on race day for our participants.”
Sagicor Foundation Chairman, R. Danny Williams (right) shares a word with Sagicor Group Jamaica President and CEO Christopher Zacca.
From its inception in 1999, the charity event has raised some $350 million, which has benefitted over 20 health and child related institutions.Last year, the Sigma Run raised $50 million in cash and kind for two beneficiaries – the St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf and the Spanish Town Hospital Neonatal Unit. The race continues to be the largest road race in the Caribbean with record number of over 26,000 participants running, walking and wheeling for a good cause.
Past beneficiaries include the Bethlehem Home for abandoned and disabled children, Mandeville Regional Hospital, Jamaica Cancer Society, The Paediatric Unit at Black River Hospital, Cornwall Regional Hospital’s Neonatal Unit, Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation, University Hospital of the West Indies Special Care Unit, UWI Sickle Cell Trust, Jamaica National Children's Home, Best Care Lodge, Bustamante Hospital for Children, Victoria Jubilee Hospital Neo-Natal Care Unit.
Sagicor Sigma Run launch 2019
Click to see more photos from the launch by Marlon Reid.
Registration is now open and individuals, companies and groups can sign up to participate on the company’s Sigma Corporate Run website at www.sagicorsigmarun.com; registration closes on February 1, 2019.
In addition to monies earned from registration, persons can contribute to the fundraising efforts by donating via the website, direct deposit to Sagicor Foundation Jamaica Sigma Run 2019 JMD Business Savings Account – 5502907486 held at Sagicor Bank or by purchasing Sigma Run branded items, which include athletic gear and t-shirts for men and women. Cheques can also be made payable to Sagicor Foundation Jamaica or Sigma Run 2019.