Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Sigma Run's 500 pounds of used bottles head to Go Green Project

The Sagicor Foundation Jamaica recently staged its 20th Sigma Corporate Run in New Kingston where over 26,000 participants turned out to support the charity 5K.

In addition to the $50 million raised for its two beneficiaries, St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf and the neonatal unit at Spanish Town Hospital, the annual race set another record with 576 pounds of recycling bottles being collected from the event under the Go Green Project.

The initiative, formed in 2017 as a partnership between the Sigma Run Go Green Team and the Recycling Partners of Jamaica Limited, (RPJL), focuses on recycling of plastic bottles from the race. The greening project surpassed its previous record set in 2017 of 8,100 bottles to reporting over 14,400 bottles collected and sorted from the 2018 event. 

Tarah-Monique Bryan of RPJL was enthusiastic about the record-breaking figures from the charity race.  “It is a remarkable feat that we have seen an increase of over 78 per cent of bottles collected.  It is important that we not only give back to our community, but also our environment. By demonstrating this level of success at such a large gathering, we are hoping that it will encourage others to incorporate more recycling elements when planning their next event,” Bryan said.

“The Sagicor team is quite pleased that we were able to achieve this significant increase in plastic bottle collection under our Go Green Initiative in partnership with RPJL and we're looking forward to continuing this partnership for our future Sigma Run events”, Alysia White, Assistant Vice President, Group Marketing, Sagicor Group Jamaica, said.

Members of the Sigma Run Go Green team consisted of Sagicor staff volunteers, RPJL staff, members from the Reggae Marathon team, University of the West Indies (UWI) and University of Technology (UTech) students from the Sagicor Scholar programme and other interested individuals who volunteered for the project.