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12 Special Needs institutions to benefit from 2015 Digicel 5K ‘Imagine’ Run

Digicel Jamaica | 2015-09-24 00:00:00

Twelve special needs organisations across the island will this year benefit from the proceeds of the Digicel 5K ‘Imagine’ Run, which is slated to be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in downtown Kingston.

These include the Jamaica Autism Support Association (JASA), Early Stimulation Plus, Genesis Academy, Jamaica Down’s Syndrome Foundation, the STEP Centre, Liberty Academy, Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities (JAID), Jamaica Society for the Blind, the Mustard Seed Communities (Jacob’s ladder), the Naz Children’s Centre and Special Olympics Jamaica.

These institutions are geared at educating, training and caring for disabled and special needs persons across Jamaica.  Having disbursed a total of $6.9M in proceeds from the 2014 event, Digicel is this year aiming to top their contribution to the special needs community by aiming for 10,000 participants in this year’s race.

Pleased with the support for the event over the past three years, Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of the Digicel Foundation said, “We are really happy to see the kind of support that Jamaica has shown to the special needs community over the past couple of years and we see this through the growing number of participants we receive each year.  By now, almost everyone has seen the potential that exists within the special needs community, whether it is through the athletes like the Special Olympians, the artists and even the academics.”

According to Lorna Bell, executive director of Special Olympics Jamaica, the proceeds they received from the 5K Run  in 2014 played an immense role in the team’s success at the recently-held at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

“With the funds from the Digicel Foundation, we were able to acquire the multi-purpose court at Independence Park. Having a court of our own to train allowed us to really prepare the athletes adequately for the Games in Los Angeles this year and we were able to secure the silver medal in basketball because of this.  With the additional funds from this year’s 5K, we want to continue upgrading the facilities at the courts with the addition of bathrooms and changing rooms because we know that this will enable us to give more athletes with special needs get the opportunity to reach their potential, participate and represent the country.”

The Digicel Foundation 5K is the first night run ever held in Jamaica and is done in the streets of downtown Kingston, where the company’s global headquarters is located.

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